I wasn't able to update the build log during the website transition, so many things can transpire in a year.
I was lucky enough to be part of the Beta test group for the latest offering from JL Audio - The VXi series of amplifiers.
These amplifiers are compact, offer good SQ, have the latest in tuning software and hardware with fully integrated DSP, and they are networkable so youc an connect up to 5 to a hub and program and control all five. They also offer a BT module for wireless tuning via tablet or even simple adjustments via phone with the Express app. The DRC includes two programmable level adjustments and with a press you cycle through presets (up to 10) with an LED to indicate which preset you are on.
The amps are small. Like, really small. So small there is no room for controls, so the amp is controlled digitally. There are 8 models to choose from and are available now (official release was 3/16/18). I replaced my Alpine PXA-800 processor location with the VX1000/5i. I am also experimenting with source configurations:
1. Premium stock touchscreen radio, no aftermarket HU
2. touchscreen through aftermarket HU
3. stock push button through aftermarket HU
The Audison LRx5.1k isn't being used. The VX1000/5i replaced both components, at about $1,500 cheaper.
The DRC is handy, I stashed it here:
Colors indicate presets
The system is fully capable of SQ competition using the stock touchscreen and this one amp. It still runs the Hertz MLK-165 active front and ML3000 sub. The tuning features are also very flexible.