In 2001, I bought an Anthem MCA-5 amp and AVM-2 processor new. I still have them to use in my living room setup with B&W speakers and just replaced the MCA-5 with an Emo A-5175. I'm glad I made the change... even though I paid $1400 for the Anthem MCA-5 and $799 for the Emo A-5175. To me, I like fast dynamic sound signatures from my equipment. Emotiva gives that to me as I also have many other Emo products (UMC-1, UMC-200, XMC-1, XPA-1's, XPA-5, DC-1, and few others). The Anthem MCA-5 from the start has always (to me) given softer dynamics but still a very refined sound quality. As many spoke of in this thread, it's all up to the listener. BTW: the Anthem MCA-5 is now up for sale.
I swapped out an XPA-5 for the A-5175 (size reasons), and I was afraid I might miss the bigger amp. But honestly, I can't tell any difference in SQ, and the A-5175 fits!
Living Room System XMC-1 with V3 board A-5175 DTV; ATV; Oppo 103; Roon Nucleus SVS Ultra Bookshelf Pair, Center, Dual SVS Subs, Surrounds Sony 55x900f 4K Panel Harmony Elite remote
Downstairs System Cambridge Audio CA 651r Oppo 95, Roon streaming through Chromecast Audio Klipsch RF7s, RC7, SVS Sub, Klipsch Dipole Surrounds Small Sony Panel (upgrade comes later)