I was fortunate enough to upgrade some of my theater hardware this holiday season. Let me start of by saying, I have been a long time Carver fan. I have owned Carver equipment since my teen years in the mid 80's. I recently swapped out my Carver C 1000A receiver(1000 watts 5x200 RMS) for a Emotiva XPA-5 and UMC-1. My Carver was powering my M&K S150 (3 S150's 2 SS150's and a MX350 sub)system. I had no complaints, except a few movies would clip my system. Now the sound is more clean and accurate, no clipping. I am totally impressed with my new Emotiva gear. I had the luxury of having Ken Kreisel himself helping me properly calibrate my theater (via Email). With my new OPPO BPD-95 Bluray player and the DTS and DD HD soundtracks my theater experience is complete bliss. I highly recommend anyone looking to buy a new receiver to seriously consider buying a XPA-5 and UMC-1. It probably costs the same, or even less than big box gear.
****UMC-200 fortified with a LPA-1 & two UPA-1s, Revel F36s, C12, S12s, RSL Speedwoofer & Earthquake Audio CP-8 sub woofers, Vizio P55-C1 UHDTV, Oppo UDP-203, a Mac Mini for hi-rez music via the DirectStream DAC from PS Audio
Well, it would seem that perhaps the Carver wasn't really giving you it's rated wattage since it was clipping and the XPA-5 does not. And both are rated at 200 watts/ch.
I used to sell Carver gear back in the late 70s, early 80s. However, I stopped selling it when their magnetic field amps (the little cube) broke all the time and one actually caught on fire in a customer's living room =8^0