Typical 'James' question here. Can I assume that purchasing a preamplifier that is the same brand as my amplifier will automatically make for more synergy to my system? I hear people talk all the time that they are going to an integrated, because then you take the guesswork out of it. I have, what I feel, is a very good tube preamplifier (See my sig). I do not feel like I'm missing anything, but then again, perhaps I could be getting a more precise sound if I had more 'synergy' in my components. My amp is also in my sig - Odyssey Stratos dual mono amplifiers. This is a tube preamp made by Odyssey: http://www.odysseyaudio.com/products-candela.html. So...is there any reason to believe that getting this preamp will NOT help my system? I'm assuming if they are made by the same company, that they are made to work together? My hope is to find someone selling one used, and do a fair value trade. I'll keep my eyes open, but am not sure if it's even worth investigating.