What would you do???

Audio Aero Capitole MKII SE direct into a Pass X250.5


Marantz SA11 (used for redbook mostly) into Audio Research LS17 into Pass X250.5?

I own the Marantz and i've previously owned a Pass x250. I'd go with the ARC LS17-Marantz combo. A good preamp will usually sound better than a cd player with a volume control(digital volume?)plus you can try SACD.
Audio Aero into the Pass. Cleaner, simpler, more musical.
Go with your first instinct, and take the following opinions for their entertainment value only, because in this hobby everyone is right when it comes to their own systems, and few are right when it comes to others' systems.
This was a double post by accident..... sorry folks.
Wow, only four posts and I'm confused already!