I thougt I had completey decided on the Onkyo 797 to upgrade my Sony DE-835. But with all the posts lately on using receivers as pre/pros, I'm thinking about getting a cheaper receiver with the same processing specs and adding external amplification. The Parasound 855 sounds like a steal from what I've read here, but it's only 5-channels, and the six channel amps I've come across are $$$! So, I'm thinking about starting off with a couple of monoblocks(possibly Marantz) to power the fronts, using the receiver for all other channels. Then, replacing other channels with more monoblocks as my budget allows. My system use is about 33% HT/66% music, so 2-ch stereo sound quality is a must. Your thoughts on this idea and recommendations on the receiver and amps please.