Forgot to mention that I am trying to stay at $750 or below
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I beg to disagree with Swampwalker. Three years ago that would have been a valid statement but these days there are plenty of DTS movies and more coming out everyday. DTS sound quality is a force to be reckoned with. The sound quality is superior to any other format and definitely here to stay. Could you honestly enjoy Gladiator any other way? I think not IMO
In veiw of your budget, keep the 3 ch amp for centers and rears. Use the pre/main amp for the fronts. there are lots of threads on this. Albert just posted on how this is done. I do this, also. Then get you a used stand- alone processor w' DD, DTS.(DC1/or many other choices) --Can be had in your price range.
I think you should get a pre/proc with DTS. The sound is noticably better, not to mention some truly outstanding DTS High Definition CDs available.
I would ditch the two channel preamp. You would involve additional cables and switching to keep it. I would be surprised if your 2 ch CJ pre was that much better than the pre/proc you will buy to justify the increased complexity. Sell the 2 ch pre and use that money to buy good cables, including good power cables. simpler is better
I appreciate the suggestions so far. I should also mention that my system is used predominately for 2 channel listening about 80%-20%. Therefore I am not interested in spending the $ that I have in 2 channel for HT but would like the most bang for the buck.
Mg123>> I have a CJ PFR preamp. If I sold it at book value and added $750 I would still have less than $2k to spend. I don't know if I could get a pre-pro that would equal the CJ in 2 channel and I don't want to compromise on that. However if there is a pre-pro in the price range I would consider it. Also I have another problem to address concerning amps
Avguy>> I believe the Adcom amp-pre-pro does not allow me to bypass the pre-pro and use the amp alone. I will check the manual to make sure.