I would be happy to give my business to someone local but I hate all the B&M store around me with a passion, this is only my opinion but I think they're run by a bunch of self entitled jerks catering to an "audiophile" snobby crowd with much more money than sense (I live in a very wealthy area, which means there are enough of these people around to encourage this attitude and keep them in business). They also rarely discount anything other than for "sales" event to get rid of inventory. I'd much rather give my business to someone online pushing the envelope.
In 4 ohm the pair of Emotiva mono-blocs are 1kW... Insane! I am somewhat of the school of thought that amps as long as they're well built and linear as well as used well within spec are mostly irrelevant to SQ. I do think I am under-powering the speakers right now though as the HT3 are quite difficult to drive but it means that other than "MOAR POWAH!" so I can properly drive the HT3 beasts, I will probably go with the cheapest option. The Emotiva are pretty sexy but they also suck up 90W at idle each, which as the amp is on 100% of the time (it's used in my home office) is quite a bit compared to the 18W of the Wyred4Sound. $1550 for the W4S vs $1700 once you add shipping for the two Emotiva mono-blocks... Hmmmm hard decisions...
Edit: typosEdited by GloP - 12/9/12 at 6:51pm