The Stage One is a fine pre-amp/processor (but, not an amp). It is unfortunately been discontinued. I bought mine specifically for its two channel ability. The unit is very detailed, clean and is so quiet that I really never know its there. Even though I own the Stage One, I would recommend the Anthem. They continue to improve on it, will have dealers that may let you borrow it, and it is a fine piece of equipment. Still, I love my Stage One and will keep it until it fails to function anymore. I might also recommend that you look into the Outlaw Audio 990. They have great service, you can try it in your home and get your money back if you don't like it, you will save a huge amount of money and it will have all the latest programming. Good luck!
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