I've decided to go the separate preamp/power amp route and narrowed it down to these eq units. I've grown used to the semi-parametric setup of my SWR SM900 and while I love the tone and flexibility, I am tired of dealing with the noisey design of this amp. Unfortunately there are no other amps similar in design to the SM900. The key feature for me is the 30 stepped pots used for the frequency selection. I really like choosing specific frequencies/levels instead of having a knob that just sweeps around and can be moved by the slightest bump. So now the question is do I go graphic or stick with parametric? None of the parametric setups I've seen use stepped selection/level pots. At least with a graphic you know/can see what frequency your playing with and not just haphazardly sweeping around. I will be going bass>eq>dbx160x>poweramp if that helps.