Miles and David, thanks a lot for reminding me of the Marantz preamp.
The number of digital inputs is a little tight for my configuration,
but may be adequate. I'll visit the local Marantz dealer this evening.
Certainly the price and other features are appropriate.
David, the way you write suggests that you might have an AV9000.
Can you tell me if all 4 digital inputs can be used individually,
or are the optical and coax inputs alternates for one another?
I currently need 4 separate inputs: optical can be used for DVD and LD,
but I need coax for digital CATV and computer audio.
Gifford, I'm sorry, when I wrote pre+amp, I meant preamp plus amplifier.
Sometimes I write too concisely. My budget can't quite stretch to
$3.5K for the Integra Research unit, although it and the other procamps
in that price range certainly have the right features and quality.
Marantz SR7009 avr + MM9000 amp --> Atmos 7.1.4
Fronts=NHT 2.9+AC2, FH+TM=DefTech PM1000, LCR+TM amped