Not sure if that title was clear.
Reason for asking of course is in planning my own upgrade path. I was thinking of going the dedicated pre-amp route after a few more upgrades and was looking at the Rotel 1069 which many had thought should have included all the bells and whistles of some of the integrated recievers (HDMI 1.3a, DD Digital HD, DTS-HD internal decoding, etc) released in the last several months.
How long before Rotel would release an update to this recently released pre-amp (Sept '07 release date)? Of course speculation is all we have but does Rotel update them on an annual basis?
Ive been so preoccupied with HDTV releases that I havent really paid much attention to the release cycle for recievers, pre-amps, sound processors, etc.
My money will be tied up with other upgrades (Xbox 360, Bluray player, 5 channel amp, LSiC, etc) until the fall so no huge rush, but wish to 'plan' my upgrade path the best I can.
I was thinking I would eventually upgrade my Denon 2807 with a Denon AVR 4308 but than thought what the hell am I spending nearly two grand on that when I could invest that into a seperate which may be better.