As my very old Yamaha receiver has decided to die, I think I'll get a basic processor/preamp. Probably something cheap secondhand to keep me going until I can decide on which direction to go, regarding source solutions longer term. Maybe a secondhand Arcam AV9 or something similar; maybe I'll spend a bit more and get a secondhand or ex-display Audiolab 8200AP. Tag McLaren is not an option because I need analogue inputs from my old Multi disc player; furthermore I'm likely to replace this with an Oppo 105 I'm confused by the nature of multichannel analogue inputs. When using these inputs I would still want to implement the settings in the AV processor regarding speaker distance, speak level, crossover, and lip sync. But doesn't this involve digital processing? In which case what does analogue bypass really mean, and what's the point? Does the meaning of the term and the nature of its implementation vary between brands and models? How can I be sure how it works in what I buy, as it does not seem very clear from published specifications? Also, whilst I'm here, any suggestions for a send hand processor for me? It must be the colour silver. Many thanks, David.