I'm looking at a new pre/pro (or receiver to use as pre/pro + zone 2 and/or surround L/R amp). Budget is definitely under $3000 but the wife is much more comfortable under $1000 (actually the Yamaha 1400/2400 receivers do look like they would make a pretty capable pre/pro at around $800-$1000). On the upper end of the scale I'm willing to go used to keep in the budget and still meet my requirements. I currently have a 5.1 setup (the room won't really accomodate surround back) that I'm pretty happy with. The speakers are B&W CDM 7NT, CNT, SNT. Main amplifier is a Marantz MM-9000. I have additional amp-channels at my disposal for surround/subwoofer/zone2/biamp duties if required. I'm currently using a Yamaha RX-V995 as a Pre/Pro. It's OK, but I feel that the processing and DACs are now a limiting factor since the other equipment has mostly all received significant upgrades in the last year or two. Also, its age is showing in terms of new/more affordable features that are missing: 1. An adjustable crossover. It would be nice if this adjustment was per-channel since the CDM-SNT surrounds have significantly less bass response than the 7NT mains (which can comfortably put out 40-50Hz). 2. Good bass management in general for music vs. movies - I would like to have some flexibility here since I'm still getting used to my new speakers and am planning to do a DIY sub soon (I've had a Shiva driver sitting here for 2 years...) 3. Component video switching is a must. Three inputs and/or upconversion would be a bonus but not necessary in my system at the moment - we all know how that goes, though... 4. Good DPL II or similar DSP modes - We watch a lot of satellite TV with 2-ch digital audio via toslink and the RX-V995's somewhat artificial-sounding DSP modes are not cutting it... 5. Ergonomics are important. My wife and I will use this piece every day (integrated via a Pronto remote). I can and have read the spec sheets on all the pieces I know about in my price range, but I'm really interested in what you like/dislike about how your equipment works as an end-user. 6. Active Zone 2 would be nice - not required since I do have the other amps at my disposal but this would considerably streamline the system setup and wiring... Finally, it should sound as good as possible. I really underemphasized that point in the bullet list above, but it sort of goes without saying... Thanks for any and all input!