Hi, I am considering a strategy for building a new HiFi system and would appreciate suggestions. I have two little kids, so I am extremely limited in the ability to go to auditions, so any help in narrowing down the possibilities will be extremely helpful. I have about 1200$ to spend on the receiver/amp and I am also planning to get a pair on nice floorstanders, but that’s a separate issue. My music preferences are mainly rock and to a less extent classic, jazz and more mellow genres. My music collection comes from pre-HiFi days, so its 50% mp3s, 25% cassettes and 25% CDs. My current source is Toshiba SD3109 DVD and some portable CD/mp3 payers. I have some budget to start putting a HiFi together and I would like to start with a nice receiver/speaker first and then, maybe in the future, keep upgrading other components. However, how soon and how much is absolutely unclear at this point. I would like to keep HT option open for future upgrades, but I am mostly interested in 2 Ch. Setup right now. So, my priorities are to have a nice set up to start with, but also which would have good potential for future upgrades towards both 2 Ch. and HT, i.e. I would like to start in such a way that would allow me to upgrade other pieces for HT/music in the future and keep the current amp/receiver for a while. Based on various forums I went to a store and picked up Marantz SR8300 on clearance for 1200$ and I am loving it thus far. However, I am still considering maybe returning it and starting with Rotel receiver/amp. So, my first question is, how would Rotel compare to SR8300 in terms of quality and music reproduction (plain better, or brighter, more balaced, etc.)? I heard a lot about “special” Rotel sound that people really enjoy. Here are three main strategies I though about. Could you please comment, wchich one to pick based on 1) enjoying it most for a while, 2) being able to upgrade in the future. 1)Keep SR8300 and in the future (at least a year) maybe improve source and/or add an amp fot the mains, using Marantz as a preamp. 2)Get the Rotel receiver, like RSX-1056, which is kind of underpowered from what I understand. In the future definitely add amp and maybe source. Also, I am considering very power hungry speakers. 3)Finally, get an integrated amp, like Rotel RA-1070, and in the future add a cheap receiver and source. Thanks a lot!