After scouring this forum and avsforum, and after bailing on the HK 8000 deal after all the bad receivers went out, I am quickly becoming sold on the separates approach. The Parasound 1205 five channel amp in particular is appealing to me right now. Wish I could combine it with my old Sony 30ES since I do like its sound, but I don't think it has pre-outs. What would you guys recommend for a pre-pro? I am driving Paradigm Monitor 7.2s and a reference studio center.