Welcome to AVS. You will get lots more opinion than you may have bargained for, but you will be richer for it, if you wade through it all.
Here is my opinion:
You will definitely want to ask in the thread dedicated to your proposed pre-amp whether there are any AppleTV users there that have impressions to report.
I'd guess that that unit will work fine, but will limit you if you want to use it with another display in the future (eg, no DV support).
Although you say you are not interested in ATMOS, I believe that ATMOS is more than just overhead speakers -- and that a 7.1 system benefits from being able to decode ATMOS for a better audio experience that the default linear PCM output of the ATV.
And of course, there are lots of ways to split the signal from the ATV so that you could keep your current audio processor for now and save quite a bit of money (and I don't see that your proposed new AV processor gives you any audio advantages over your old one, though that's a topic for another thread).
Originally Posted by Wendell Smith
I am currently upgrading my projector from a Panasonic AE-4000 to an Epson 5050UB with the primary input source being an ATV4K. My current setup revolves around a Outlaw 950 preamp processor with separate power amplifiers with a 5.1 setup. I am not interested in Atmos at this time given the physical restrictions of the media room but in the future would be interested in upgrading to a 7.2 setup. Since my current pre-processor does not support 4K I have been looking at replacing it with the Outlaw 976 pre-processor which has the following specifications:
•Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Digital decoding; DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio and DTS decoding
•Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS NEO:6 processing
•10 band PEQ for each channel
•All Channels Stereo
•Advanced Dual Core DSP
•HDMI Standby Pass-Thru
•Quadruple Crossover Control (Separate settings for Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R)
•Lip Synch Delay
•On Screen Display (via HDMI only)
•192 kHz 24-bit DAC's for all channels
•4 HDMI 4K/HDR Inputs
•2 HDMI 1080P Inputs; 1 on rear panel, 1 on front
•2 HDMI Outputs; 1 HDMI 2.0b/ HDCP 2.2 output
•7.2 XLR/RCA pre-amp outputs
•4 Digital Inputs (2 coaxial, 2 optical)
•7.1 Analog Audio Input
•4 Stereo Analog Audio Inputs
•High performance tuner
•Direct access station tuning via remote control
•Advanced Config. Settings
•Discrete IR on/off and input commands
•Aluminum Front Panel & Remote Control
Based on my reading this pre-amplifier should work seamlessly with the Apple 4KTV. However given my somewhat limited understanding I would appreciate comments regarding the pros and cons of this approach.