See, this is where I'm a theater noob. I'm one of those guys who thinks amplifiers aren't needed for 90% of rooms when a good all-in-one receiver can get the job done. So when you get into things like pre/pro's, multi-channel amps and even Darbee's my head explodes. If a ~$700 receiver can drive your speakers well and make ears bleed, why the need for extra electronics? Do they make speakers sound better or just louder? Doesn't room correction (Audyssey) do enough? A good exception is the Savoy. That's a big room, I can see why it needs amps and the extras but for any space smaller than, say, 15x20 I don't see the need. Is this like horsepower and cars, not needed but nice to have?
Audio: Denon X3300W / Outlaw 7140
Speakers: Elac Unifi UF5 x2, UC5 / Elac Debut IW-D61-W x4 / Outlaw Ultra-X12
Video: Epson 5040 / 116" 16:9 DIY Spandex
Sources: Xbox One S / PS3 / PS4 / Steam Link / RetroPie
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