I see no one else has responded perhaps I can help somewhat. I use a Denon 4800 AVR, 6.1 EX decoding, which is really missing a pair of amplified channels and is designed to be used with a seperate amp for the front channels. That is why I bought it- great decoding, good amplifier with option to use seerate front amp. For home theater purposes I use B&K Monoblock M200 amplifiers off the Denon pre out front channels. It is excellent for movies but is level matched to the other Denon amplified channels which are not as clean as the B&K. Note I don't use it for 2 channel music where I use the same B&K amp with an Audible Illusions preamp-switch it in and out. The Denon even on Direct doesn't come close to the transparency, depth, imagery, musicality and sweetness of the tubed AI preamp. The Denon, however, is great for multi-channel on movies--whether Laser Disc wide screen or DVD 5.1/DTS.
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