think about it... even with the recent Onkyo they are still limited by the # of speakers and the recommended placements! there'll be many other fabs announcing things to come.this is the perfect time for pre-amp/processors to have Atmos or MDA built-in. then spit that signal out to 'daisy-chained' mono-block amps where a user can do 5.1 or 20.22 if they really wanted to and the cabling system would report back to the pre-amp whether that speaker is front or right or whatever or use audsey like tools to 'hear' where that speaker is placed.basically the OLD SCHOOL of thought of center for dialogue and front and rear channels should be blow away! let the new guard come in and replace it all!or you can use the pre-amp to spit the atmos signal back out onto another "amp-controller" where that has the CPU intel to figure how many speaker blocks you intend to hook up. then from there on, connect it to mono-block amps.