I trying to decide (like many on this forum) between seperates and a High End Receiver. I'm wondering which component influences the sound of your speakers more? the amp or Preamp/Processor. The Anthem AVM20/MCA combo is on my short list but the upcoming Yamaha Z9 with its video switching and upscaling features is also very tempting. I'm wondering if I got the Z9 if I could get a "smoother" sound out of the Yamaha if I paired it up with Rotel or Anthem Amp? Or will my speakers sound be more infuenced by the yamaha preamp/processor? I personally prefer the sound of receivers like a Marantz or Rotel over a Yamaha when paired up with my Studio 100's.