I thought this would make an interesting thread.... I currently own the sherwood r-963 and have been very happy with the performance in music and ht. The 963 replaced my denon 3802, which I thought was a good unit. But after A/B testing I feel the 963 was much more neutral and has a better sound-stage. The denon sounded more bright and at reference levels would get distorted. I have been thinking of going separates but I'm so happy with the 963, especially as a processor. My thoughts are to add an external amp(maybe the new sherbourn 7/channel/200 watts) to get better detail and clarity, also more volume/ db's. My question is there that much difference in sound qualtiy and performance to justify spending double the price for a different processor( anthem, b&k, rotel,lexicon,integra or any other top-end unit)maybe....? I just think for what the 963 offers for features it makes an great pre/pro.