I'm looking to upgrade my power for my SVS Ultra Towers that a received a few months back......LOVE them but they are being powered by my Pioneer Elite SC-LX 701 AVR at 135 watts per channel driven into 2 channels at 8 Ohms. I do a lot of 2 channel stereo listening and in pure direct mode from my Pioneer these speakers do come alive. With that said I know I'm missing their true potential.....they are a bit power hungry at 88 dB. I also due a fair amount of listening in 5.1 mode with movies and such and know I'm missing out there too with the drop off in power with all channels driven on the Elite. I'm looking strongly at either the Emotiva XPA-7 Gen 3 or the Monolith 7 x 200. Both run in AB, the Monolith full time, but the Emotiva runs AB at modest levels and then switches "seemlessly" into "H" at higher volumes. Now I'm a bit old school and the love the 2 massive torodial transformers in the Monolith and I'm a tad skeptical of this "H" power with apparently no torodial tranformers....yes they say it makes the amp more effecient and it also weighs less (about 53 lbs compared to the Monoliths massive 93 lbs!). Also apparently (if I'm reading things correctly) the Emotiva when in 2 channel mode pumps 300 watts per channel into 8 ohms across the full bandwidth and it looks like the Monolith stays at the 200 watt range in 2 channel.....or atleast they don't say it ups it's wattage in two channel mode. "IF" that is the case that extra 100 watts in 2 channel mode could be a game changer with my speakers and listening habits. Any feedback on these amps and any advice would be greatly appreciated.\n\nP.S. I'm really looking at keeping the outlay at $2000 or less. The Emotiva is right there at that limit and the Monolith comes in around $1720. Most of my music listening is classic rock \/ hard rock and I'm guessing either of these amps is well suited to making that sing through my Ultra Towers. And if I'm missing something (another amp) in that 7 channel arena and same price point let me know!