I might be able to jump in here, having just connected up a pair of 100's to my system this weekend - took the plastic off the front, so they aren't going anywhere! Hooked these up to the L/R and switched the 2 channels of the XPA-3 to the surrounds.
Haven't had any time for real critical listening (just streaming some music and watching TV), but first impression is that the front sound stage seems a little...bolder. I don't necessarily mean louder, just a bit more "there", if that makes any sense at all.
Triggers, lights, et. al working as they should - didn't check for heat, but not really concerned as I left space and my rack is open in the back with lots of ventilation. I was actually a little surprised by the weight of these "little" guys when I was putting them in the rack. Obviously not like lifting the XPA-3, but still very very solid.
BTW, I really like the aesthetics of the new Gen 2 styling - will the Gen 2 black trims fit on a Gen 1 model? If I don't sell my XPA-3 (in favour of a Gen 2 XPA-5 or something else), I might like to get the Gen 2 trims so I'll be all matchy matchy
- Yamaha RX-A3040 - Emotiva XPA-100 (x3); BAS-X A500 - Speakers: Boston Acoustics - CS226 mains, CS225C center, CS26 front heights; Fluance XLBP bipole surrounds - 2x PSA XS-15se subwoofers - Anti-Mode 8033s-II - Buttkicker mini-LFE w/300-watt amp - Samsung 63" 3D Plasma - Oppo BDP-103D - Yamaha 5-disc CD changer - Sony PS-FL1 turntable - Motorola PVR cable box - Logitech Harmony Home Control remote - Emotiva CMX-2 (x2)
Post by heroesunplugged on Sept 24, 2017 22:44:27 GMT -5
Just wanted to let you all know, while these were good the SA-250 is so much more detailed in the midrange and treble. Cymbals have a much more brilliant tone without being sibilant. Sounds smoother and seems to play deeper. Also decays that seemed to cutoff early with the 100s now play through their entirety. In other words, the SA-250 has micro dynamics that were missing in the XPA-100.