buzzy:cgrew: Yes I agree, and I have thought about getting a pre-amp which would be excellent for listening to stereo playback. But I think long term I would prefer a decent AV receiver that is cable of a good Dolby Digital TrueHD 5.1 sorround sound mix as well as being able to listen to good stereo playback.
The amp I got now has DD TrueHD & DTS-HDMSTR but I need one more powerfull.
Any other recommendations as far as AV receivers go richms?
No offense, but I think you may misunderstand the concept of a power amp vs a pre-amp.
A pre-amp takes a small signal (typically phono, from a turntable) and amplifies it to "line level" to be fed into an amplifier or receiver.
A power amp takes the decoded, line-level signal from your current receiver, amplifies it, and powers the speakers.
What does this mean? You retain your current receiver; it does the decoding work, provides the power for your surrounds and your center, and sends the LFE signal to your sub. It sends the output for the two front speakers to the power amp, which then amplifies the signal and sends it to your front speakers.
The result is that your current receiver does all the decoding and provides surround/sub/center, while the power amp handles the front/stereo speakers.
Non taken, I'm just quoting the exact words found in my Yamaha RX-V465 manual - their words for the output found on the back of the receiver are as follows: pre amplifier out