I asked this question on another topic/thread but it got off topic on that thread so I wanted to ask it here and dedicate a specific thread topic about how important is the reciever if the amp and pre/pro are doing all the powering of all the speakers?
I was told on here to just let the amp power all the speakers and let the reciever do the decoding of latest sound formats. But if I spent so much on a reciever to just let it decode the latest from Dolby True HD and DTS MA and let the amp power the speakers then is it safe to say I over spent on that reciever (Pioneer Elite SC-05) and could have gotten the samething from a $299 recievere that decodes all the latest sounds as well? What difference in sound and power would I get if the amp is doing all the work on all 7 speakers if the reciever isn't doing any of the powering? So the recievers role is to just decode if you have a good seperate amp and pre/pro?