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How important is it to match separate amps?

I recently finished my first ATMOS home theatre build and Im absolutely loving it (acoustical treatment and all!). I currently only have the Front LR speakers powered by a separate amp, the rest of the 9 speakers are powered by the receiver. I have the opportunity to get a vintage Rotel RA-214 amp. Was thinking of using this to power my Center channel. Wondering if this will have a different sound signature and its a bad idea. I like the idea of my front stage all being on separates to get the clearest sound. I feel adding a separate to the center would be a nice touch to make dialogue in movies even more clear and also to take some of the load off the AVR.

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Denon AVRX4500H 9.2 Channel AVR
Onkyo M-5010 2-Channel Amplifier
ELAC B6.2 Front L&R
ELAC C6.2 Centre
ELAC OW4.2 Surrounds
Micca M-8C Ceiling.
SVS PC 12 Plus

Im thinking I should probably get another matching Onkyo M-5010 for the center channel but maybe Im wrong and the vintage Rotel would be perfect.

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I recently finished my first ATMOS home theatre build and Im absolutely loving it (acoustical treatment and all!). I currently only have the Front LR speakers powered by a separate amp, the rest of the 9 speakers are powered by the receiver. I have the opportunity to get a vintage Rotel RA-214 amp. Was thinking of using this to power my Center channel. Wondering if this will have a different sound signature and its a bad idea. I like the idea of my front stage all being on separates to get the clearest sound. I feel adding a separate to the center would be a nice touch to make dialogue in movies even more clear and also to take some of the load off the AVR.

System Information.

Denon AVRX4500H 9.2 Channel AVR
Onkyo M-5010 2-Channel Amplifier
ELAC B6.2 Front L&R
ELAC C6.2 Centre
ELAC OW4.2 Surrounds
Micca M-8C Ceiling.
SVS PC 12 Plus

Im thinking I should probably get another matching Onkyo M-5010 for the center channel but maybe Im wrong and the vintage Rotel would be perfect.

Cheers!
Save your money, a separate amp won't improve dialogue intelligibility at all.
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