I am replacing my Arcam AVR550 to an Anthem MRX740 or 1140. I got a 5.2.2 setup with B&W 700 series speakers & 2 Rel subwoofers. The Fronts will be powered by a Stereo Integrated through HT Bypass so only need the Internal avr amps for center, surrounds & heights.\n\nThe center channel is the Beefier B&W HTM71s2 & the surrounds are the B&W 707s2 bookshelves while the Height channels are the B&W M1s(satellite speakers). I wonder if the 1140 would be better for my setup then the 740? I don't need the extra channels but wonder if the toroidal transformer in the 1140 will make the difference in my setup?\n\nI'm not Gene, but I just read his Anthem 740 and 1140 review. Considering your plans on using the AVR, I doubt if you'll hear any benefit from the 1140 over the 740.\nThe Anthem MRX740 and MRX1140 AV receivers have world class processing and internal preamplifiers. They are extremely low noise and have plenty of drive to work optimally for any home theater or audiophile amplifiers you’d like to use with them. One could easily make the argument for picking up one of these units instead of spending more on a dedicated Pre\/Pro and just adding external amplification to better power more demanding low impedance speakers. In fact, I will make such an argument that the MRX740 is one of the best 11CH AV processors currently on the market and the MRX1140 for 15CH of processing. The MRX1140 has a slight advantage in a better power supply IF you’re using the internal amplifiers as well as dual independent subwoofer outputs and more channels of processing with two more channels of amplification. \n\nTo repeat what Gene said, "The Anthem MRX740 and MRX1140 AV receivers have world class processing and internal preamplifiers. They are extremely low noise and have plenty of drive to work optimally for any home theater or audiophile amplifiers you’d like to use with them."\n\nYou didn't mention what stereo integrated amp you plan on getting. What is it's power output and price? For 2-channel music listening, I strongly suggest that you use the Anthem MRX740 as a preamp, and an external amp such as one of these:\nhttps:\/\/www.buckeyeamp.com\/shop\/p\/hypex-nc252mp-amplifier-2-channel\n$579 gets you 180Wpc @ 2ohms, 250Wpc @ 4ohms, and 150Wpc @ 8ohms.\nhttps:\/\/www.buckeyeamp.com\/shop\/p\/hypex-nc502mp-amplifier-2-channel\n$749 gets you 450Wpc @ 2ohms, 500Wpc @ 4ohms, and 350Wpc @ 8ohms.\n\nYes, you read that right – both of these Hypex NCore amps are stable at 2 ohms impedance.\n\nYou won't sacrifice anything in performance or sound quality, and you just might save a lot of money.