From the great help Ive gotten here and at another forum, Ive decided to add strict 2 channel capabilities to my HT setup. The Sony ES TA-P9000ES seems to be the popular favorite here and I can get one new for around $500 shipped or used for about $400-$450. They are in short supply at the moment and Oade brothers is out of stock for a few days on the Sony so I went searching for another option and came across this. http://www.monolithicsound.com/pa-1.html Monolithic PA-1 Passive Preamp. With this preamp when you put the knob at the 12:00 position it becomes a true passive preamp bypassing all gain controls. It does everything the Sony does except having a 5.1 input (which my receiver already has) and it doesnt have a remote. By turning the knob to the right I can add up to +6db gain if I so choose when listening to my TT or CDP, or I can keep the gain bypassed and use my source for volume control. I can pick one up used for $300, so about $200 cheaper than the Sony. Any thoughts on the PA-1 and/or the TA-P9000ES? ALso any other sub $500 options out there? Thanks in advance.