I don't understand why you are rejecting 7.1 AVRs. They are the newest and you don't have to use the unnecessary channels. No downside.
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Ever thought of multi zone audio? You can use empty amp channels to power speakers in other room with seperate source and volumes, its really handing for patios, rec rooms or say bedrooms too. Emotiva amps are good for ht, kinda cold for serious music to my ears and as noted the processor has or has had lots of bugs and problems.