I'd second the Lexicon MC-1 recommendation and the notion that you could get a used one for around $3500US. Another option would be the Proceed AVP, again to be had for around $3000-$3300 used. Lexicon has a very good trade-up program, so when they come out with the next generation, you've got a pretty hassle-free way to upgrade. I own the MC-1 into Krell amplification, Dynaudio speakers - lots of rock/pop in all it's flavors, some blues and jazz to keep things interesting, and a lot of movies. The Proceed gives you an analog pass-thru channel if you're into that level of purity.