Despite the fact that I'm extremely happy with my Onkyo TX-SV919THX receiver / ED-901 DD decoder / Millenium 2.4.6 DTS decoder combo, I've decided to "upgrade" to the Sherwood AVP-9080 preamp / AVD9080 power amp combo. I admit that my descision is largely based on the financial aspect of getting $2400 worth of entry-level separates for under $1000. I like bargains. I've been reading reviews and have some serious concerns with this preamp. Namely: No auto-switching from the digital sources. What the hell is up with this?!?! If the pre/pro is getting a DD signal, play DD. If it's getting a DTS signal, play DTS. Hell, even my clunky external decoder setup can figure this out. Is it a big PITA? How about when listening to a DTS DVD movie? I want the transitions between the DD menus and the DTS movie to be seamless, dammit! How stupid. Well, it shouldn't be a problem because I'll most likely use the 5.1 inputs for all my 5.1 DVD listening, switching to the receiver only for prologic. Too bad I won't get prologic for menus. Minor nit. That is of course unless the decoders and DACs in the Sherwood sound noticably better than my Technics DVD-A10 DVD-Audio player. This I doubt. It's more of a pain for my LDs, I'd really like auto switching there. If there's a DD or DTS signal, just freeking play it! Otherwise, check for a PCM signal and default to my last used surround mode. Last resort - analog. Kind of a head scratcher, but I think it will still be easier to deal with than my external decoders and the quirky video switching that I have now. How about the Remote control? Is it as bad as I think it's going to be? I mean, no separate menu and transport buttons? Who are they kidding? I'm going to read the reviews on Remote Central but my initial idea of this remote is get the advanced codes for my trusty dusty OneForAll Producer8 and ditch it. I'm planning on using a Y-adapter for two digital coax sources (LD and MD). Shouldn't be a problem as long as power is only switche on for one component at a time. I sure hope the DAC in this bad boy is as good as the one in my Onkyo (should be). I hope my stand is strong enough to handle the amp!!! It has no problem with the 50lb+ 919 so I don't think it will be a problem. If you look at my outdated pics on my site, I'm planning on putting the new Sherwood where my current Onkyo is and putting the amplifier on the top shelf above everything else for heat dissipation. All speakers will be set to large in all modes and my ICBM (which I absolutely love) will be betweenthe pre/pro and the amp. I'd love to hear any more updates from any of you owners with hints as to how I can maximize this fine piece. Can I set "analog direct" to work ALL THE TIME ON EVERY INPUT? That's what I want to do. And I wonder does ANALOG DIRECT work for the tape outs as well as the preamp out?