Post by maggieuser on Jun 29, 2010 10:22:42 GMT -5
I just received my upa-1s yesterday and have hooked them up, replacing an old adcom power amp. They are powering my magnepan mg12s. Do they need a break in period to sound their best? At first listen they sound a little harsh compared to what I'm used to. I've listened to them using my Belles preamp and also using my cambridge-audio receiver as a preamp.
Hi maggieuser, i hope your right about break in time.I have the upa 2 right now and it sounds great.With the sale going on right now, i thought i would go for the upa1's.Everything i've heard about them have been positive.Should receive mine tomorrow.I hope after you get everything tweeked out they will smooth out for you.Thinking about getting some MMG'S for my upstairs.
Post by mauriceminor on Jun 29, 2010 12:05:30 GMT -5
My UPA-1's arrived yesterday and I am delighted Very warm, musical, and detailed More so than the NAD 2155's that they replaced Currently using an SAE Two P10 preamp (until the XDA-1 is available ) along with an ERC-1 and a pair of A/D/S L1290 speakers
Dell Inspirion 3668 Musical Fidelity V Link Emotiva XDA-1 Lite Audio A15 MiniDSP 2x4 HD Emotiva UPA-500 Linkwitz Lab LX Mini
I'd give them some time. I bought my UPA-1s second hand and noticed that their sound improved after I left the system run with FM material continually for five days. Part of that might have been additional breakin for the Magnepan MMGs.
13.3" MacBook Air, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, iTunes/BitPerfect MacBook Air SuperDrive Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB USB HD Schiit Bifrost USB DAC and Audioengine D3 DAC Emotiva USP-1, ERC-1 and two UPA-1s Pro-Ject Xpression III and AT440MLa AKAI AT-2600 and Harman Kardon TD4400 Grado SR80i Wharfedale Diamond 225 Rythmik Audio F12
I have let them run continually and have been spending alot of time listening. I do have to say they are sounding better. Changing my source also helped, as we all know, the better one piece of equipment is, the more it shows weakness in your other equipment. So far the soundstage these amps put out makes my system sound like I've got my surrounds turned on. I swear sounds are coming from beside and even almost behind me. The more I use them the better they sound.
Either I'm getting used to the sound or they definitely are smoothing out. They are certainly worth the price I paid for them. Someday I'll take them over to my friend's house and compare them to his Plinius amp.
Post by Real Maximus on Mar 12, 2014 4:16:30 GMT -5
How are the amps sounding now that they have aged some more? Did you ever perform that shoot out with your friend's amp? Do you still feel these amps are warm? What about raw power, are they robust and authoritative at only 200 watts per channel?