Having separate power amps (I'm thinking 5 mono blocks of high quality) and upgrading the pre/pros sounds like an elegant solution for HT and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside like I do about most Hi-Fi/audiophile type pursuits.

Mmmmm, separates...

Giant avr receivers are kinda big, gimmicky and cheap looking. Even the higher end ones.

Axiom's A1400-8's are looking better and better for ultimate, clean punch and power.

Is this how they rope us in?

Sell us the speakers super cheap and then lure us into their world of expensive but powerful amplifiers... Hmmm...

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."
---Frank Zappa