I want to be up front here that this is NOT a bash thread!!!! It is a shame to have to begin a thread with such a disclaimer.
There is a Carver Digital HT amp for sale on Ebay, and from a spec/appearance standpoint, it favors the Emotiva pretty heavily. I do know that Phoenix Gold bought Carver, but around the time this amp was to be released, they lost the rights to the Carver name and the project was scrapped. This amp is very rare, but I bet not highly sought after as it is not really a Carver design. The question is did this amp become the beginnings of the Emotiva line? I know there is a relationship there somewhere because the Sunfire Preamp served as the basis for an Emotiva unit.
I am only looking to solve a bit of a mystery here and hope someone here will know the answer.:)