You are absolutely right...and my bad experience did not cost me a nickel because EMOTIVA stepped up and picked up the return postage after i spent 45 days ordering, removing, replacing and repacking the bad modules. They sent me 11 modules in total...and 4 were bad...that is not an isolated problem. In addition, the bad module issue has been mentioned in several different reviews...those issues have always been taken care of quickly...as i said there customer service is great...no complaints there. But the sonic quality (at least with my amp) was really bad...BOSE-like.
Even my kids...6, 7, 10 and 11...asked why the system sounded so bad. You didn't need an A/B comparison to hear it.
With respect to their preamps, I don't think they have the R&D budget to be cutting edge...and that is where the cutting edge is most needed in my opinion. I hoped to use the MPS-1 with my Yamaha receiver (which has more features than any of the emotiva amps and is a great sounding piece of equipment) as a pre/pro until the HDMI 1.3/True HD issues are resolved and then go with a great pre/pro like Lexicon or Classe. I am looking at amps from Adcom, Arcam, Anthem, Earthquake, Theta, Parasound and Gemstone. Have you had any experience (positive or negative) with any of them?
I am glad to hear that you are enjoying them, but at the very least I was hoping to help someone avoid the mistake I made.