Thanks tbonephile. What I am trying to do is buy a system piece by piece over the next 6 months as the budget allows and have bought the Rotel as the start for a 2 channel system. My next step is to buy an amp and use the Rotel as the pre-amp and receiver. Being a value buyer I am always looking for bargains. I have read good reviews on Bryston B-60 and 3B-ST which seem reasonably priced. I am also considering the Rotel RB-991 and RB-981. Again based on reviews read on this site the speakers being considered are NHT 2.5i, B&W Nautilus 805, Hales Revelation 3s, Vandesteen 2Ce signatures. I am new to the world of "high end" audio so would appreciate any feedback from those who have had experience with any of these components used together. Thanks much.