Look for Meridian multichannel processors/preamps depending on budget the 800 series are outstanding but expensive the 500 series can be found at a very reasonable and are pretty good.
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If you'd like to have a new pre-pro with good sound and a 5 year warranty, you should definitely check out the Emotiva MMC-1. They are on sale right now for $699 + shipping. Go to their website and take a look - I think you'll find it to be a better value than the Outlaw. I also think it looks better, too.
One advantage to buying Emotiva right now is that they'll give you 40% off their next generation of pre-pros just for buying a current pre-pro now.
This is what I did in anticipation of their new models coming out later this Summer. And you do not trade-in your current unit, you keep it! That's a *smokin'* deal...
If the high def audio formats available on Blu-ray are of interest, then the choices are limited. Best value that I'm aware of are the Integra DTC-9.8 and the pro Onkyo. Also, I would not invest in a pre/pro that did not have a good room correction system like Audyssey.
The Outlaw seems to offer good value otherwise.
Meridian has tres col 3 channel stereo called Trinaural.I used to install McIntosh,Krell,B&W etc.But one time I loaded van with just fronts and center and thought I had left rears at shop.Guy said"Chill.Check this out" and played system that was on 3 ch (again no rears) that sounded naural.It's an older tech actually called "Trinural Sound and another company makes and add on for $2K.But as was mentioned new Meridian separates aren't cheap though you can get thier 24/96 amped digital speakers.Yuo ca get all-in-one with remote,CD/DVD,and essentially a receiver that can be bought for discount at $5K.Cheap when just thier best CD player can be $20K.But as was mentioned earlir 500 series some of which have video switching in one box some have two may no have as good sonics but can be $500-$1K and you can often get download of upgraded software.
But Outlaw for price is no slouch and are top notch in bass management.Yet at price why not go with $3K Denon receiver which seems to ave overtaken Yamaha as THE A/V receiver with cutting edge tech?