Thank you both for your input. I have been away from this hobbie for a little over a year and I am looking into possible options for starting again. I have only owned separates in the past, meridian 502 had a sound that I really liked, and the Musical fidelity A308 Preamp sounded ok to me. I was using a Marantz SM-17 sa with both preamps at different times. I really liked this little marantz amp (both build and sound quality), but it did not go loud enough for my tastes. I had to move so I broke the system up and sold most components, until I could see what the new audio room was going to be like in size. I have read all I could find in magazines and on-line about both amps and found it hard to decide which way to go. I liked what I have read about the Mark levinson 383 also. I may go back to separates in the end. Any thoughts on the Krell KAV280 Preamp?