I visited a couple of high end audio stores in LA and also Magnolia audio. Iwas trying to find a replacement for my Carver 1.5t amp which died a noble death a year ago. Looked at the McIntosh, Peachtree and others but they were all too rich for my wallet. I did an Internet search and ran across Emotiva. Now I am sure I am missing some element of quality but I now own the XPA 2 amplifier and continued to use my Carver C2 pre-amp. Minutes after plugging in the XPA 2 I realized why I had fond memories of my Polk SDA-SRS speakers. My music was BACK! I was so happy I immediately ordered the USP-1 Emotiva pre-amp.

All this for under 1K... amazing.