Is there that much difference then going with a good Pre-amp and amp then going with a straight Receiver. I was looking to try the seperate thing out but was wondering if it is worth it. I was looking to get an Adcom Multi-Channel Amp at 135watts x 5 channels but when I went to look at a pre-amp they are very costly. The cheapest 1 I found is in the $1000 + range. I want a pre-amp that has DD, DD-EX, DTS, DTS-ES, and DDPL2 capabilities. My other question is this I have a Pioneer VSX-45TX now and is it worth the extra money to goto seperates? Should I just keep the Pionner as Pre-Amp and buy the Adcom? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!!!