As more people going beyond 5 channels, I can see the need for external power amps may also increase. The Outlaw Mono block M2200 and multi-channel amps, as well Monolith's and Emotiva''s seem to be the most recommended amps on this forum.\n\nFor some strange reason, I cannot find my Adcom GFA555 in the basement. Instead of using just 1 of 9 internal amp channels of my AVR, I took advantage of the labor day sale and grabbed an Outlaw M2200 for $299. I can now understand why it get recommended so often. This thing is impressive for the following reasons.\n\n- Huge pan cake transformer and it is hum free, much quieter than my already quite Anthem power amp.\n- Sturdy build, well layout PCBs.\n- Easy to place due to its low profile.\n- Have balanced input, though I won't be using it.\n- Have the music sensing feature, so I don't have to worry about triggering it.\n- Runs cool, class G power supply does work well in this thing!!\n- detachable power cord.\n- Has power switch.\n\nWe all know for many movies, the center channel draws more power than any other channels on average, so it makes sense for me to use the 200\/300W\/8\/4 ohms M2200 for the center channel, the Anthem 225WX2 for the L,R and the M8003 for the surrounds and heights.\n\nThe Outlaw mono block is affordable, and reasonably priced even when not on sale. For multi channel applications though, I don't think they would compete well with Emotiva and Monolith's 5,7 channel amps.\n\nYour thoughts?