I have been searching for many months for a new receiver that I can build upon in the future as a replacement for my lower end Yamaha 596 to use with my Paradigm Monitor speakers. I now have a Integra 7.2. The first receiver I had was a Marantz 8200. Great sound with music and good (but a little dull in uppper range) with movies. Returned due to incompatability with my DVD player and Playstation 2; it took a little over 2 seconds to pick up a DD or DTS signal and CDs had a slit second cut off from the beginning of each track when skipping forward. Next was a Denon 3802. Great sound for music in Direct mode! I really liked the amps on this model, but the DACS were horrible, IMHO. Music and especially movies were dull in the mid to upper range and digital signals added significant hiss from my speakers. Listened carefully at the store with the display 3802 along with Klipch speakers and the hiss was still there. Amps were had great sound but too dull when matched with the DACS. If these amps were matched with a neutral DAC the sound would be wonderful for both movies/music! Now I have an Integra 7.2. The DACS seem to be very neutral, not changing the sound from what was intended. For music, I'll admit the previous 2 receivers were better in direct mode, but its not bad. For movies, upper range and voices are very clear. Amps give out less bass than the Denon, but it just be that sub blended better with the Denon. OK here are the questions I need help with: I want a receiver that I can add an amp to later (in a couple of years). I can't afford seperates now, and hope that this can be my starting point. Am I correct in thinking that a receiver with a better DAC is the best place to start? What use is a good amp and OK DAC if the amp is replaced later Will adding an external crossover give a better blend from the sub to the mains? In your opinion, could the Integra 7.2 be a good starting point for seperates with a good amp later down the road? Thanks for any help! I need to make my decision very soon!