You know, the component that you used to plug all the other components into and it selected what went to the speakers? They had the amplifier built in, so what's the use when you have a separate amplifier?
So what do I plug inputs from my TV, tuner, CD transport, FM receiver, and microphones in the NSA lunchroom into these days?
How's that for a display of ignorance? It's been 20 years since I bought my last system. I've been living on headphones recently.