I realize this is the Integra thread, but since a number of people seem to be leaning towards the Emotiva product as an AMP, I thought I'd share my 2 cents on the IPS-1 I just spent the weekend playing with. I don't have my 9.8 yet, so I have it hooked to the pre-outs on my DTR -7.1. Coming from the 7.1, I can't say that I hear a significant difference in sound quality.
The unit seems to run very cool at relatively high volumes. Aside from that, my ears start bleeding before I max out the volume, which is not surprising given my 13x18x8 room dimensions. I don't believe the bleeding has anything to do with clipping or quality, just the sheer decibels in a small space, since it sounds good up to the point I just can't take it anymore
I have listened to a variety of music on the Amp, as well as a couple of movies. The Eagles DVD-A sounds awesome, but again, to my ears, I can't really point at a significant difference coming from the DTR's amps. I have my mains set to small since I have a Velodyne DD-15 sub, which means my DTR didn't have to work all that hard, which may have some bearing on my impression that the DTR amp made the system sound about as good as the Emotiva.
One thing is for sure, the unit does pull considerably more power then just the DTR stand alone. I discovered that my knucklehead of a contractor did not run a separate 20 amp circuit just for the equipment rack as I asked...instead he connected it to the same breaker as my mother in laws bathroom. So, I kid you not, my son was playing a video game this morning when grandma turned on the hair dryer...lets just say that given the Amp, PS3, and Hairdryer, that breaker popped pretty darn quick. One might wonder how he snookered me , well, the lazy SOB installed a 20amp breaker, put a label next to it, but didn't actually hook anything to it on the back side.
The one area that did stand out to me is the packaging, wow, this thing is triple boxed, and has a cloth bag around it. The only bearing that has in my opinion is that if this company pays that much attention to detail to make sure that your receiver arrives not only undamaged, but also unblemished in any way, then it leads me to think that they probably give at least that much attention to the insides of the box as well.