Welcome to the merry-go-round! I have purchased and sold my way through a bunch of highly respected and rated equipment in the search for the right stuff. Some of it was really expensive and I've found out that more money doesn't necessarily mean more better. What we all strive for is the end result of a combination of equipment that is greater than the sum if its parts. The hallowed SYNERGY! Everybody's ears are different-even the shape of them hanging on the side of your head makes yours different than mine so you can't depend on my opinion or the "consensus" as an absolute. Search the forums here for trends of opinions to find a direction to start with. Hopefully you have a good dealer you can work with to home demo some amps and then give them your business if something works for you. Or, use AG and buy used stuff at a decent price so you can sell it at a minimal loss if it doesn't work out. Someone else might really love a piece that didn't float your boat. Like you, I have read others' opinions about the Emotiva brand that are positive but don't be discouraged if you try them and they don't work out. There's lots of good stuff out there to try if your first choice doesn't work out. Good Luck!
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