Thanks for reading this. I'm chewing over spending some money on my first HT amplifier and have been focussing on the Denon range. I'm interested in the AVR-3801, but given that HT is a little less important to me than good music replay, I wonder whether it will be sufficiently musical? So, I can spend more money of course and the AVC-A10SE seems like a good product, but then it does have less Surround Sound functionality/ amplifier channels. I realise that I could add another power amp, but I think that is spending too much money. But then the thought occurred to me, perhaps the AVR-3801 would benefit from an external amp. Can a pre-amp be used in conjunction with the 3801 and will that deliver a better overall package than going straight to the A10SE? I'd appreciate any thought and comments you might have, or pointers to other web material. (I've tried doing my homework already, and I need a bit of extra help - thanks).