I would sink the majority into a 2 channel preamp. Then sink the rest into a less expensive surround processor. I have a Rotel RSX-1055 integrated 5 channel driving my system. I recently borrowed a Sim Audio Moon P-5 preamp. The difference was stunning. Those a/v processors do way to much internally to provide excellent 2 channel. You can use a 2 channel preamp with your a/v processor as long as it (the a/v) has pre-outs. It helps if your preamp has a home theater bypass.
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