I bought an inexpensive avr recently to simplify the hdmi switching between the Pioneer BDP, Pioneer CDP, Squeezebox Classic and a PVR and was able to take the DacMagic and stereo amp out of the system. I only have 2 floorstanders as fronts and an active subwoofer. But stereo music just does not sound as good without the Talk Electronic stereo amp. Talk Electronic cyclone 2.1 has a pre out. Details here Talk-Electronics-Cyclone-2.1 Can I wire the speakers from Talk Electronics amp and still keep the digital components managed by the Sony? Obviously, I will try this, but if it cannot work, it would save me pulling it all out again. Edited as I had missed mentioning that the pre out is on Talk Electronics amp.