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05-06-2006, 02:55 PM
looking for advice - my sherwood newcastle 9080 pre-amp that I bought off a friend was blown out in a lightning storm , but the amp am9080 still works.

I've got a $1000 budget and don't know what to get. I wouldn't mind upgrading to a 7.1 system.

But to do this, I would either have to:
1) get a new pre-amp, reuse the 5 channel amp on the am9080, and get a separate amp for the remaining channels.
2) just get a 7.1 receiver with built in amps. The question here is: would the builtin amps on these new receivers better than the am9080? If not, I'd be better off getting a cheaper receiver with pre-outs and use the am9080 for 5 of the channels.

Looking for any suggestions on what seems to make more sense, and any modelnames to look into.