Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD600 headphones. two pairs 12 guage speaker cables per monoblock for biwire. Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE WITH HD600s!!)
The problem is power amplifiers last a long time, decades even, never really go out of date and a good sounding power amplifier today will be a good sounding amplifier for a long long time. Listening tests are after all subjective, what sounds "good" to someone may sound "bad" to someone else, it's question of tastes. Not that I think any Emotiva power amplifier will ever sound bad, not based on the 20 or so that I have listened to.
The question I have is how long will the SMPS last in comparison to a linear power supply? Because that's how long I would keep an XPA-1 or an XPA-DR1 in my system. Will a shoot out tell me that, if it doesn't then it's next to worthless to me.
(Lounge) Samsung UHD HDR 55" LCD, Foxtel IQ3 (cable), Emotiva ERC-3, Emotiva XMC-1, Emotiva XSP-1, 2 x Emotiva XPA-1L's, Emotiva XPA-5, Ascension Summoner 863's & 843's + 263 Centre, SoundStream 17" sub, Emotiva XPA-100 sub amp, Denon DD TT, Sony BD X800 4K, Apple TV4K (Family) Sony HD LCD, Foxtel IQ2 (cable), Apple TV4, Panasonic BD60 (Home Office) MacMini, 2TB EHDD, Emotive Big Ego & Airmotive 4's (Veranda) Zone 2, XPA-5 x 2 Channels & KEF Chorus