Next week we are traveling down to Florida for the winter and because it is a condominium, my set up is high quality but it is a compromise. Unlike in our home in DC where we have an all Audionote stereo only set-up, in Florida I am trying to get the best stereo/phono performance out of my 5.1 Home Theater arrangement consisting of: Marantz SR 6013 Clearaudio Concept, Satisfy tonearm, Virtuoso Cartridge, Clearaudio Nano V2 phono stage Beolab 18 front - wireless Beolab 19 sub wireless Beolab 15 rear - wireless Definitive Technology Center -- wired Bang and Olufsen Transmitter 1 All speakers except the Center are active speakers and are connected wireless using a B&O Transmitter 1 with lossless WiSa compliment technology.This setup works very well, does a cracking job with home theater, and even the phono aspect is quite respectable, but not quite what these speakers are capable of. I believe but am not sure if it is the phono stage that should be my target for improvement or the AVR. I bought the Clearaudio Nano as an upgrade over the built in phono stage in the Marantz, and the difference really was quite impressive already. And so, here are my questions: I am using the various pre-amp out on the Marantz to drive the various speakers. I have the option to set the Marantz to " Stereo" which then only drives the front and the subs. If I select " direct" as the mode, does that mean the AVR acts only as "pass through" without adding or subtracting anything. If I use that setting the sound is really a bit thin and lean and really not nearly as enjoyable as when I use one of the available settings that engages equalizers etc. So, is this a function of the phono stage and if I invest in a significant upgrade of the phono stage would that in your opinion be the right way to go. The only other way - significantly more complex and expensive, would be to buy a separate analog phono-pre amp with mandatory volume control, and feed that into the B&O transmitter directly. The way the Transmitter works is if the Marantz is turned off, it will accept a signal from a secondary input. One additional draw back, in this case it would not drive the subwoofer. So, my preference would be to go improving the phono stage, but I am just not certain the role the AVR serves as the "intermediary" and I would hate to waste big money with no results.