Post by rog1 on Dec 22, 2016 14:23:39 GMT -5
The Emotiva TA-100 is an excellent buy for $339. I've used it for the past two weeks with a pair of Klipsch RF-82 II floorstanding speakers for stereo music only and am very happy! I demo'd it against a cheap $200 Sony STR-DH770 7.2 channel AV receiver and ended up keeping the TA-100. They sounded generally the same to me in an A/B test, but I like the Emotiva brand/rep and the simplicity/quality. Loved the sound of these together - was grinning for the first hour of listening (upgraded from a pair of M-Audio BX5a Deluxe powered monitors).
- Powerful and clean amplification: 50 watts/channel is plenty of power for my speakers (98dB sensitivity) in my small 15'x12'x12' bedroom. I usually only listen at 30/80 volume and it is plenty loud (~75 dB). Didn't hear any distortion when cranking it up and doubt there will be any. Haven't noticed it getting warm/hot.
- Great digital inputs: I use the USB (external DAC) input for my desktop (Spotify and web browsing) and the optical input with both my TV (movies) and Chromecast Audio (Spotify). Very surprised that none of the cheaper AV receivers or stereo amplifiers offer this type of external USB DAC functionality (who the hell wants to plug in a USB flash drive to listen to music?)
- Solid steel construction and minimalistic design: Way better than the cheap plastic on most budget AV receivers.
- Convenience: Love that I don't need a stack of 3 big component boxes (pre-amp/amp/DAC/etc) just to listen to "hifi" music. Very easy to move/set-up in a new location (moved set-up from bedroom to living room for a holiday party and it was very easy). Binding posts are great.
- Bluetooth should be built-in: Feels clunky to have to plug-in a dongle and the $50 price seems high when USB bluetooth dongles go for $3 on ebay... Is apt-x licensing really that expensive?
- Remote feels like junk: I get that cost savings are needed somewhere, but this remote feels super cheap and some of the buttons are a bit convoluted (FM mono/stereo probably doesn't need a dedicated button - FM tuning would've been much more useful). The plastic is too lightweight and holding it does not inspire confidence or happiness. Really wish this was more solid feeling. Please go check out some competitor HDTV/receiver plastic remotes - many feel much better!
- Blue backlight dimming: Why not provide the ability to go to 0%? Could see this being very distracting when watching movies (big blue light-up knob).
- Headphone/speaker/line-out output selector: Would be great to have the ability to switch between headphone and speaker outputs. I would love to be able to leave my headphones plugged into the front, but this automatically disables my speaker output. Would also be great to be able to plug in my powered studio monitors to the TA-100's line-outs with an input toggle.