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I would think it's very difficult to honestly evaluate amplifier sound. I would think power is the most important, because if you lack power, you may be driving your system into clipping with possible distortion.
After that, I guess you would have to listen. I am not a fan of listening tests though, because they have resulted in people hearing differences in speaker cable and other places where physics tells you there is no possible distortion.
Seems simplest to shop for features and add external amps if needed. Make sure your powered sub is up to your SPL needs, because it's going to be pushed hard if you want to start approaching reference SPL.
Some people think some receivers sound bad. I sympathize, and I would hate to tell them they are not hearing what they think they are hearing. But human hearing seems so fickle, and differences people INSIST are there, dissapear in blind testing. You have to decide for yourself if you are going to have to bring a few receivers into your household for evaluation of sound.
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