The Emotiva has one less channel, is bigger, and weighs a lot more.
The Emo is a Class A/B amp which explains the extra weight. My large 2 channel is a class A amp, and weighs 90lbs....... This is part of why i was asking what your opinion was, since the Axiom amp is a digital amp as compared to the class A/B you're use to.
I'm still holding out for a pre-pro or receiver that gives me enough features over my current one, including doing simultaneous heights and wides (even if their value may have gone down with the LFRs in the system).
I am waiting to get the Integra DHC-80.3, or the next version... It just depends.. I am pretty happy with my current processor, it just doesn't have HDMI and the new networking stuff... So, i guess like yourself i am not in a rush to get something new but at some point i will make a purchase.