I am looking for some opinions on receivers to be used basically as a preamp. I am using a Pioneer VSX-24TX now along with a Parasound 855 5 channel amp and an HK PA2000 bridged to two channels. The receiver itself is only running a second set of Polk side surrounds I had left over before my upgrade to all Klipsch Ref 3 series. Before anyone asks, yes, I have considered just getting a preamp but the Outlaw 950 is the only one that has all the features I want (DD EX, DTS ES, PLII) and is even close to my budget (~$800). I really don't want to wait forever to get the Outlaw. The models I am considering are: Denon 2802/3802, Yamaha RXV-1200/2200, and the Sony STR-DA5ES. Right now I am leaning towards the Sony. I have never been a fan of them but I was very impressed with its sound quality and features. It is hard to judge a receiver when you aren't going to be using the built in power. I would appreciate any opinions on these models.