Sorry to be such a newbie when it comes to pro amps, but am I correct in assuming that the auto-mute feature is what prevents the "thump" from passing through the speakers? This is a major consideration for me; I'd rather not have to manually set the levels every time I power on; I think it would be hard to calibrate things as closely as I have it calibrated now, even if I mark the spots on the dials, since these amps have so much power. So I guess that that precludes consideration of the Crown amps; I couldn't find any such feature on the Crown website for any of their models in my price range. Ultimately, I'd like to end up with 7 channels of amplification, and while I don't mind manually switching on 4 amps, it would be a bigger pain to have to manually turn each of 7 volume knobs to exactly the right spot every time I power up. My wife is bewildered as it is by my home theater, and only having everything programmed into macros for a pronto has made it user-friendly for her.
So what pro models don't make a thump? And has anyone done an A/B comparison with the so-called "audiophile" amps?
very long-time lurker and general HT nut