A while ago I sold off my 2 channel stuff to concentrate on my HT and I honestly have to tell you my music sounds great just through my pre. Is it as spectacular as it was dedicated with a DAC? Maybe not but for my money it's almost as good and it sounds great overall. The ONLY thing I might miss a bit is the vinyl but God! was it a pain in the a$$ to work with. I now listen to all my music through my Squeezebox (gasp!) straight through to the Integra. It probably doesn't hurt that my gear doesn't suck but I really don't miss the 2 channel rig.