When I spent time with the Anthem P5 amp vs the BAT VK-6200 while demoing a full Aerial system it was night and day difference. The P5 had more power but the BAT eliminated all sibilance and controlled the midrange to the point that the P5 sounded muddy in comparison. Power output is not the only thing that's important when settling on an amp. Dmark1 can comment on this as the EAD amps are among the best I've ever heard.
I definitely agree that all amps are not made the same, although I think much of the sound we hear is more a factor of the pre-amp and speakers, and less a factor of the amplifier(s). I auditioned tons of amps in 2012 when I was on my speaker-audition quest. Some big names, some obscure--I heard differences, but none were night and day for me, and no amp dropped my jaw in meaningful ways. Because of this, I took a gamble on the XPR-1's (since the XPA-5 had impressed me quite a bit) and thankfully, the gamble paid off and this amp did drop my jaw in a number of ways.
Been busy, I'm a daddy for the second time since September so was quite busy before getting everything ready and quitte busy now now that she's here which has left me with almost no time to play with my system, but trsut me I can't wait to get my foot of the brakes!! too man movies on hold aiting to be seen!! but I'm a very Happy (Oh God, babies are time and energy consumming machines, especially when it's a girl( hey no disrespect for the ladies, jsut speaking the truth here) )
Congrats on the new young lady in your life Al!!! i'm happy to hear you've added a second member to your household! Man, we're already planning names and stuff over here for when we start our family. Be sure to put the remote in her hand at an early age. This way, the man she marries will always have a 100% WAF
As the Good Book says: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he shall not depart from it...