Just my 2 cents but I have a feeling that the RPA-2 will retain a higher resale value. I could be wrong, but just try to buy a used RPA-1 or RPA-2. They are few and far between and have been out longer than the UPA series.
No difference=no sell. I always try to not buy new gear, unless it actually makes a big improvement over my current gear. Or if I can get the same performance for less, or in smaller form. I say keep the RPA. It's a great unique amp, and the type of amp that you can hang onto for a long time.
Post by roadrunner on Jun 10, 2011 15:17:12 GMT -5
I have spent many hours listening to music with RPA-2 power amps and what separates it from the XPA/UPA series amps is it sounds more refined. The differences as very subtle and requires critical listening. It is all a matter of nuance. In addition to having a slight edge in sonic performance, the RPA-2 uses premium quality build components inside and out. It would be like taking the UPA-1 and modding it with top quality resistors and capacitors; using matched, enhanced power modules; and using premium, tiffany style XLR, RCA connections and upgraded speaker binding posts. Top drawer all the way.
During critical listening with very high quality media the things that stood out to me was with difficult to reproduce musical instruments which sounded more natural. The speed of the attack and the accuracy of the decay was more convincing. For 2-channel listening, you would be hard pushed to find any amplifier that would best it -- without spending a small fortune.
Keep the RPA-2. If for no other reason, it will hold its value longer and has higher quality build. This is a music lover's dream amp.
I agree. When I get to thinking that I might sell it, I hook it up and listen for awhile. Recently, I was listening to 2 channel one morning and noticed that the separation was better than it had been in awhile. That's when I realized that I had swapped out the XPA-2 for the RPA-2 a few days earlier.
There really is a difference when you're paying attention. The channel separation with this amp is outstanding!!! ;D
To be fair, I've never heard the UPA series amps but I can truly say that since I purchased the RPA-1 a few years ago I have had no urge to upgrade in the amplifier department. My brain and ears are definitely telling me something.