This is probably more of a rant than anything but I wish some of these AVR companies, like Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer/Onkyo, etc. would produce a mid-range processor. If the receiver is $1000, taking the amps out may lower the price to $700-800? Maybe even less? I'm thinking something along the lines of the Denon AVR-X3300W but without the amps! That way someone could save money on the AVR and use external amplification. I think by separating the amps from the processing you would get more flexibility and better sound quality. Plus, if an amp channel goes out you don't have to repair the entire heart of the system. Maybe someone's already offering this and I don't know about it... Anyway, just a thought.