Over the holidays I picked up some paradigm studio 100's, studio center, studio 20's, and a pw2200. Since then I've been a member of the gang waiting on the Outlaw 950. I think I've decided to bag it mainly because I want to hear my new speakers and also because I think 1394/Havi/dvi might be worth waiting for. Anyway, I'm now looking at using an Outlaw 1050 as a preamp to go with an Outlaw 750 or Anthem MCA-5 Amp. The other options I'm considering are an HK sig 2.0, Sherwood AVP-9080, and a Marantz AV-560. Here's how I would rank them, 1) Outlaw 1050 - 6.1, good faetures and reviews, better future options with on board amps 1, tie) HK sig 2 - more dig in's, good features 3) AVP-9080 - good all around, but only 1 optical and 1 coax 4) AV-560 - not as full featured, awesome remote My impression is that they're all capable performers although I haven't read a lot about the outlaw as a pre/pro. It would seem that for $500 including amps the 1050 would have to suffer as a pre/pro against the others. All lack DPL2 but oh well. My listening will be 50/50 movies and music. All comments (or rankings?) greatly appreciated. Since I'm also still on the fence on the amp, any comments there are also appreciated.