I've got a friend who is into serious SPL - he's a drummer. He's got a stack of Pflame Linears, big old Cerwin Vegas, JBLs, etc., and he's feeding 'em with a Denon 2803 used as a preamp (I think he's amping the center channel with it - the rest of it feeds the Phase Linears, a mix of 400s and 700s). With this AVR, the digital volume readout starts out at negative numbers. When he turns the volume to "zero" you can still have a conversation in the room. And he can't turn it much further until it stops going up. With an older non-DTS/non-5.1 capable AVR, he was able to peg the needles on his VU meters. With this setup, they're barely twitching. He wants to make those puppies dance. Any suggestions? He is NOT concerned about amplifier power, so a preamp-only solution is actually welcome - just so long as it is capable of sending enough signal to the amps. We've checked the amps with the older receiver, and they still rock, but it's a pain in the butt to change the system for movies/music all the time.