I've been considering an 'entry level' Pre\/Pro with 16 channels. The comparisons of the Emotiva XMC-2 and Monoprice HTP-1 are my main focus right now. I like that the HTP-1 comes "with" the DIRAC implementation. The XMC-2 is about $800 less than the HTP-1. I've also heard the HTP-1 has the 'newer' version of the DAC's inside. However, that's precisely the problem, I think? The newer components are from a factory that BURNED DOWN!! Monoprice's website shows a restock date of December 2022~~!!! I can only assume they will need to redesign for different components or hope that these can become available sooner than later? If they can't, then I may need to go with the Emotiva XMC-2 instead... Has anyone heard anything about this recent component shortage issue? Anyone think it's worth waiting for the HTP-1 instead?