OK, Im going to try and be as concise and to the point as I possibly can. I know newbie questions get old really fast. For years Ive been a consumer level A/V enthusiast. I bought my first A/V rcvr in late 1989/early 90'. Since then Ive owned many, many different A/V rcvrs ranging from $300-$1300. Every time Id get a new one, I'd read a review on a better one and want that one. But, no matter what I bought, they always never impressed me. Yeh sure, movies sounded OK on them, but music typically sucked IMO. Oh, I also went through many different speakers as well. So, fast forward to now. I finally gave up and lost interest and just settled for an Onkyo mid to upper level A/V receiver and some Infinity Beta series speakers. I know, crap to an audiophile. But, after listening to my girlfriends set-up (Krell Power amp, Theta pre, B&W mains, 18" Velodyne sub etc) the audiophile bug bit me again. Unlike in the past, I can now afford higher end gear, but I dont wanna spend untold amounts of money. I simply want a pre-amp/power amp set up that will blow the doors off of my run of the mill set-up I have now. I know that everyone has their opinions on different makes and models and what turns them off or on for a certain set-up, I just want some opinions on a good pre/power amp set-up that would address music and home theatre. Ive considered the Marantz MM7055/AV7005 combination. After reading a post or two here on the forums, I know the Marantz arent the most adired gear, but all I want to know is, since I cant listen to it anywhere before buying, will it NOTICABLY sound better than what I have currently? Im looking to spend $2000-$2500. Ill address speakers after Ive settled on the equipment. Thanks for any opinions or help.