If high quality 2-channel is a priority, but you also want to use the 2-channel speakers as your front (or main) speakers for HT, get a good preamp with an HT pass through loop. You can then use whatever you want to process your HT depending on your budget and desired performance. I highly recommend a Muse Model 3 Signature preamp which has a one-button theater loop (about $2300 new, I believe). I haven't heard the Model 3 (non-signature). BAT SS preamps have a unity gain loop, and are said to be very good. For about $750 used, you could try an Adcom GFP 750, which is good but probably not in the same league as the Muse or BAT. With the above choices you will need a separate phono stage, which may not be a bad thing. All three of those preamp choices can be run balanced or single ended.