Best AV Processor for 2 channel

I am looking at moving to a theatre from my two channel. I have a Linn Kontrol and Linn Klimaxes now and am looking to trade out the Kontrol for an AV Preamp. Is there any processor that will come close to the sound of a Kontrol or other high end 2 channel preamps for stereo listening?
I have looked into this, too, and three choices that keep coming up are:

EAD Theatermaster 8800 Pro
Krell HTS 7.1
Theta Casablanca III

I really love the sound of Theta gear, but that darn Casablanca III is just far too complex for my desires. If they ever do update the Casanova, that would be another issue. But, as it stands, I'm still trying to decide between the EAD and the Krell. I am not in a huge hurry, though, as my current Rotel RSP-1066 doesn't seem to get in the way (I am using the analog multi-channel input pass through).

I've got Klimaxes as well and a Unidisk 2.1. Just upgraded from a Levinson 380S to Linn Kinos system controller. Stunning improvement. Kinos has one set of main outs so if you use a sub for stereo as well you need to run the interconnects that feed the sub through the line outs of the Klimaxes and defeat the sub on the Kinos set up menu.
Forget trying to find the perfect "ultra expensive" pre/pro for music/movies, and use a good 2 channel pre, and "loop in" a pre/pro for movies!(otherwise receiver, questionable.)
I'm trying to figure out your explanation of how you hook things up in order to use an analog preamp for home theater. How many outputs does your Cal Audio cd player have? I have a Cal Audio Icon that I would like to use.


You take your 2 channel preamp, and hook your L/R speaker set up as usually. Then, using an "auxilary input" or "bypass/monitor/tape input", you connect the L/R "amp out's" from your AV pre/pro to the 2 channel preamp, using one of those inputs. You connect all the other C/LS/RS, etc, output's from your AV pre/pro to the other amp channels. So, when you listen to 2 channel, you simply have your CD player, Tuner, whatever, connected to your 2 channel pre, as usually, and no need for the AV pre/pro to be on or switched in. Then, when you do want movies/multichannel, you simply switch the pre/pro in from whatever "auxilary input" you have it connected to on your 2 channel preamp, engaging the front L/R channels. And of course, the other channels are running through the other amp channels you connect. Simple really