Hi. I've decided to take the plunge and invest about 11k for a pre/pro. Movie watching as well as listening to music is important. Tag McLaren AV192R Above average sonic performance (compared to other high-end processors), second to none proven upgradability/service. Lexicon MC-12B Fantastic with movie - Logic7, but not so good with music/sonic performance. Meridian 861 Well.. probably the best processor in terms of upgradability and sonic performance. It's major drawback is that it has to be coupled with 800 DVD/DVD-A/CD player. And 861/800 combo is currently out of my price range. 20k+ Theta Casablanca II I don't know much about this if not at all. But it seems to be out of my price range. Mark Levinson No.40 Ok. I know this is obviously out of my range. I'm not gonna even think about it. Are there anything I'm missing ?? I must be missing many. Any suggestions/opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.