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I used to build a new PC for myself once a year or so. And I usually looked for the sweet spot graphics card. There seemed to be this point at which there was a leap of performance, for not a big jump in cost. And somewhere above that point you started paying quite a bit for undewhelming performance improvements ( or they were unimportant for the current state of the art of graphics.)
I figure amplifiers should be similar. When I see an Outlaw for $1000 that can do 190 watts into 4 ohms all channels driven, I start thinking sweet spot amp. I know Outlaw has been around a long time, which could be an indication of the quality of the amps. I try not to get sucked into the more power mindset for amplifiers given the severe diminishing returns of more power.
I can see where a person might look at the 7125 and think, receivers put out that much power. But very few would manage it. Yamaha's top of the line models might do close to that, but the Outlaw spec is more conservative, being measured with all channels driven. While ACD might not be especially important, you can be pretty sure it means the 7125 will outperform the Yamaha. It will have a better power supply, likely a bigger transformer, certainly more capacitance. It probably has better heat sinking, and will run cooler because it's not next to a lot of specialized processors and such.
Not trying to make a sale for outlaw, but if I was in the market for a single seven channel amplifier, I would buy that one. That being said, I suspect receivers often have sufficient power for people's needs, but I know the allure of wanting to be sure ( and having a new toy.)
"But this one goes up to 11"