I have @$2K for a 5.1 sound setup for 60%HT-40%music, not really interested in other channels. It seems that whether I go pre/pro or receiver, a good 5ch amp addition is the way to go. That will eat much of the $2K, if I do go with an amp. I would like stay away from used unless someone tells me I'm really missing out. I've been looking at what Rotel, Adcom, Denon, NAD and HK have. I will actually be auditioning and purchasing speakers after this. I want to hear KEF's Qseries, Aperions, Axioms, Acoustic Energys evos and Energy Connnesiours. These aren't part of the $2K. If any has any suggestions or opinions about how blow 2 G's, this rookie(and his friends) would be eternally grateful!!!