I am an electronics hoarder, and I like the sound of vintage receivers, especially marantz. My beloved marantz 4400 died on me, and I could use some help fixing it. My pioneer sx-1250 has some nasty crackles and pops in the preamp. Obviously, when it comes to power, I go for the monsters. I will post about those in the appropriate forums when I start tinkering. Right now I'm using the 1250 with a mixing board as a preamp, sounds OK, but I miss my marantz.