Dear All, I have recently got into this world of High-Fidelity and have been thoroughly amazed by the results. Initially of the 'a cd player is a cd player' camp I have opened my ears and well and truly got the bug. I have read with great intent the threads posted on this forum and have followed the advice given, to very satisfactory results. I have now decided to join up and post my own because I need some help. Sometime ago I purchased a NAD C521 BEE and a Marantz SR4200 which I ran through a pair of old Wharfedale 7.1s. With aspirations to get a 5.1 set up running some time in the future. I realised the weakest point in this link was the speakers, so wanting something to last me several years; I purchased a pair of Quad 11's. These gave me a level of transparency and detail that I hadn't heard before, but still something was missing - Balls. The Marantz lacked meat and couldn't really drive the Quad's, it sounded like I was listening to music in the next room. Although it was a detailed and refined sound, it just didn't make you tap your feet. It was then I decide to get a dedicated integrated amp, and after reading quite a lot of threads on the subject, I plumped for a second hand Cyrus 2. This just blew me away; you could really feel the music. Admittedly it was a bit edgy and not as refined as the Marantz but you felt like you were in the music. My next purchase was a second hand PSX which really shaved off those harsh highs and opened the whole sound up. Please forgive my ramblings, there is a question coming I promise. Its just nobody else I know cares about hi-fi, hi-fi is a 4 letter word to my girlfriend and my friends just walk away if I try and engage them in hi-fi talk. I now use the Cyrus for music and have held onto the Marantz as a surround sound processor to drive the centre and rears. I have tried to connect the pre-outs from the Marantz to my Cyrus so that it can drive the front L & R. But the output signal is so low its barely audible through the Cyrus at normal listening levels, even after changing the speaker levels on the Marantz. I only get an audible signal if I crank the Cyrus up to 12 Oclock, baring in mind 9 Oclock on the Cyrus is more than enough for my CD player. Am I liable to damage the Cyrus if I have it on at such a high level? Considering Its age I fear Lord of the rings extended edition may kill it. Or is there any other way of boosting the signal from the Marantz? Anyones help or advice would be greatly appreciated.