I am in need of some expert help /advise. I own the Marantz SR8002 and have it paired up with Parasound HCA 2205 AT. My question is should I buy a true Preamp to pair with a new amp I have not recieved yet, (LEXICON LX7) instead of using my SR8002. I have never used seperates so I have no idea if this is better than what I now am using. I use Klipsch RF7's for my fronts, RC7 Center, RVX54 rear surrounds, no sub at this time. Mine is tore up. I would like to test out to see if I like 7.1 but will do later. I would like the new 1.4 HDMI Spec but is not neccesarily a must since I can use my OPPO 93 with the dual HDMI. Sacd is pretty important to me and I do now enjoy this with SR8002. Again I could PCM this if new Pre does not offer this. Anyway I would like to hear opinions from those who may have used there recievers such as me with a seperate amp and have also used seperates at one time or the other. I would like to know what they feel about this. I will listen from anyone who seems to have some objective advise/critisism to help me figure out the best way to go. I can buy the Marantz AV8003 at a good price since going out to make way for AV7005, but is this a waste given I already have SR8002. Is there better choices out there that I may not be understanding. Hope I am not being silly with all this but I am not a big time audiophile or anything but just happen to love music and movies both and want the best I can afford. I can afford around 1500-2000 for a new processor if need be. Please help with decission.