I am like you my priority for my media room is mainly high-end audio. Therefore, I would agree with John's approach ... In fact, at first I will be watching movies with 2 channel sound only from my high-end 2-channel system. I have wired my new room for the possibillity of multi-channel sound in the future. But, I believe when you are looking at high-end 2-channel audio systems, that none of the pre/pro and multi-channel amps out there will match the sound for 2-channel music playback without some compromise. Therefore, if I want to add multi-channel amplification, I will do the same thing John is recommending. That is, I would run the front L and R channels from an A/V receiver or pre/pro through my 2-channel "preamp" unity gain (or HT) bypass input. Thus, the A/V receiver or pre/pro will volume control the L and R front channels when I watch moview, while those 2 channels will continue to be driven by my 2-channel amp. I realize this is a compromise on the movie side, but my feeble brain doesn't get too caught up on the sound quality while watching an involving movie.