Ski Bum: 1504-5:
More bang for your buck
Typically, yes, but when you put the amps on a level playing field then some consumer gear is superior (at least in regards to the dollar/watt measure). Compare Emo XPA series amps to the Behringer pro-sumer amps, using full bandwidth, all channels driven power within distortion limits, and you'll find that Emotiva actually has more watts/dollar than the Behringers. That's not to say the Emos are better (lack gain controls, high inherent gain structure), but they do provide more watts per dollar.
Emotiva is the present value leader in consumer amps while Behringer is kind of a bottom feeder, so perhaps that's an unfair example. But the point I would like the OP to take to heart is that it is important to make sure you're making an appropriate comparison, as the manufacturer provided specs are often quite misleading.
OK, we get it, you don't like Behringer. How about QSC?
The following are all class AB, specs are 20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.1% THD. Note - QSC lists IM distortion, damping factor, and input sensitivity, Emotiva does not. It's not listed in their manuals, on the website or in their "Audio Precision Spec Test Data" .pdfs! And why does the XPA-2 Audio Precision Spec Test Data.pdf show the 1kHz output as 265 wpc @ 8 ohms (see screen shot below)? Let's talk about misleading.
Emo XPA-2 $1.33 per watt - may be more due to questionable spec data, Emo UPA-1 $1.74, QSC RMX 1450 $.96
Emotiva XPA-2 $799, 300? wpc x2, warranty - 5yr
Emotiva UPA-1 $349, 200 wpc x1, warranty - 5yr
QSC RMX 1450 $499, 260 wpc x2, 800 mono, gain controls, 3+3yr warranty