I agree with you - just stating the logic as I understand and read on the Lounge.
I hear you as I have read some of that logic over at the Lounge as well
For the couple of months I've been reading about a 'possible' 125x5 amp - then all the sudden this 80x5 amp for $399 pops up. Since I'm set for amps (Acurus A200 and A200x3) I'm not disappointed that it isn't 125x5 but instead is 80x5. So now the enthused Lounge posters are making light of the fact by pointing out it is 100wpc into 2 channels - and (wow) 160wpc two channels driven into 4ohms. Like anyone who owns 4ohm speakers is going to buy that amp! Maybe the UPA-5 - but not this lightweight.
How are you liking the Acurus amps? They look like well built amps that seem to get positive reviews from what I have read. I find it ironic as some Lounge members dump on AVRs that have poor power ratings but are now all wound up about the UPA-500 with its 100wpc into 2 channels ratings
. If the UPA-500 was an Onkyo amp some on the Lounge would be slamming the crap out of it
Emotiva is selling it on their amp page as '100x5' - but read the specs carefully. It isn't 100x5 all channels driven. I think that amp will have a place in some audio racks - just not mine.
Not in my rack either but it might be a good seller.
As for the UMC-500 that will be the 'match' for the UPA-500 it sounds like it'll be a stripped down UMC-1 - no video processing (what I've been advocating for a long time) - probably stripped of legacy connections - and devoid of room correction. They'll turn a buck on it if they can convince the budget AVR buyer.
If the UMC-500 is without room correction I can't see why anyone would buy it when most budget AVRs have some form of room correction.