I'm currently pondering on getting a good quality processor from a few years back, with a view to use it as a pre amp for my stereo setup as well. So something all sources (digital and analogue) can go through, then just have a very good stereo power amp for the fronts and music and a reasonably multi channel power amp for the rest. So I just wondered what is worth looking out for and what will let an analogue signal straight through untouched - no ADC -> DAC business, no bass management what have you, essentially just a clean pre-amp, with some decoding and DAC on the side (ideally like DD, DTS and 24bit/96kHz pcm). I've been looking at the following, unsure how they mess with analogue inputs: Meridian 561 Meridian 562 + 568 Mcintosh MSD4 B&K Reference 20 or 30. Lexicon DC1 or DC2. Marantz AV9000 Not up on old models from Rotel, Parasound, Integra etc.