Anyone here doing this? What I mean is, hook your two front speakers up to a stereo integrated 'hifi' amp and then hook the front channels of the AV receivers 5.1 pre-outs to one of the stereo amps inputs. At the same time, connect the analog outs of your CD player (or other stereo music source) directly to the stereo amp, bypassing the AVR. For people like me who've just switched from a 2ch. system to a multi channel one it's an interesting option (I wouldn't consider it if I didn't have a recently spare Arcam Alpha 6+ knocking around). Benefit is a 'better' amp for listening to stereo music without any of the AVRs digital gubbins getting in the way, and the general belief that most AVRs don't make great stereo music amps (I have to say that my Marantz SR4200 is very impressive in this respect though). Drawback is a more complex setup, having to switch the stereo amp to the 'AV' input, having to do a balancing setup to find what volume level on the stereo amp. to use (as you're in effect using it as a power amp) and then remembering to set that level each time. I played around with this setup a bit today. I have to say the results were inconclusive. I genuinely couldn't say that the Arcam made my CD player sound much better and since this is really the only reason I'd do it I don't think it's worth the hassle. The real killer for me though is that the Arcam amp responds to the SR4200s remote 'volume' commands so I can't change the volume of the SR4200 independently of the Arcam (which should remain at a fixed volume when using the SR4200). This makes an already complex setup border on unusable Bottom line is I'm not going to do it but I wondered if anyone else has this kind of setup or experimented with it. Michael.