Do I see a group hug coming?
@hifimanrookie, I am in the US and have been curious about the emotiva so I just ordered one to see. I've been down this road before using high end pro-audio amps for home theater but I am willing to give this a try, especially $189 shipped, no tax. Heck, it costs me more than that just taking the wife and my boys out to dinner these days.
But yes, I am intrigued by the price point too but sometimes, very rarely sometimes, we might be lucky enough to get a miracle matching. This potential, while being skeptical, I won't dismiss just yet. I'll find out in 1 week. :)