Okay so here is the story---I have been slowly outgrowing my HTIB. First new mains, then a new surrounds and sub. Now the only part left from the original system is the receiver. I am ready to upgrade to a new one. The problem is that of late I have been over taken by audiophilia, and my desire for top quality 2-ch sound is growing by the day. I don't have a lot of money, and would like to get something together for under $1000--preferably for less then $500 with an upgrade route. I really want separates, but integrated seem more within reach. My top separates choice: the H/K Sig2 pre-amp/amp sound which would cost me about $800 used--more then I want to pay up front. I have been also thinking of a Kenwood Vr-7070 (which comes with pre-outs) and in the future getting a 2-channel amp for my mains (Like Ma-500 monoblocks). I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions or ideas I have not thought about.