If you recall from all of my posts. I say "Asgard"
I hear the 2 is great. On par with the Mjolnir in terms of transparency.
As for the Asgard 1 vs. Emotiva
Loose bass, less extension. Upper-mids / treble sounds recessed, muffled. Overall lack dynamic punch in the bass, treble, and even the mids. Emotiva also has better transparency/detail retreival.
And on a side note. SS amps do burn-in. Specifically the caps (measured by scientific instruments, if you're into that kind of thing) Not to mention Jason of Schiit, who engineered the thing also believes in burn-in.
Don't know about the first version of the Asgard, only the stink about the need for a relay delayed output. So far the Asgard 2 is sounding very good.
What engineering study shows anything about capacitor burn in affecting audio? The value of capacitance has a tolerance, that if properly designed should not pose issues. If the design spec'd a cap with too low of a working voltage, expect a burn out. Dielectric Absorption is not relevant to this topic. What characteristic of a capacitor requires burn in?