That makes sense, Dave. You probably know I'm into more power with HT. The thing is, if you're running Klipsch and those Altecs, they are all extremely efficient speakers, and the Emotiva 3 channel amps are far more than you need. What I suggest instead is considering an Emotiva A-5175 or Outlaw 5000 to run five channel, the front three and the front surrounds. To put solid numbers on it. That center channel speaker you are considering is 99dB sensitivity. My main speakers are 84dB. A difference of 15dB means the Klipsch needs about 1/30 as much power as mine. In other words, 100 watts with the Klipsch would be like 3,000 watts with mine. Seriously. It makes that much difference. Plus mine are 4Ohm vs 8Ohm for yours. Your speakers are just a lot easier to drive. I figure it makes more sense to have "only" 175 watts for 5 channels than 300 watts for 3 channels, at lower cost, with an external amp. BTW, if you do make that move, the gain of the external amp is probably lower than the receiver's internal ones. That means that even though the external amp has more power, the channel levels in the calibration will actually have to be set higher. People frequently have the misconception that more power means playing at a lower volume level. Anyway, if you get an external amp, be sure to re-run your calibration or the channels will be out of balance.