It would. I have a hard time thinking it sounds better, but it would be nice if it was. I think even equalling the XPA-1 gen2's sound would be an acheivement. It's the best amp I've heard.
Last Edit: Feb 17, 2018 13:17:28 GMT -5 by garbulky
Transport: Sony BDP 5100 Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)
Other equipment: Asus Xonar essence ST Behringer UCA 202 Sennheiser HD600
The problem is power amplifiers last a long time, decades even, never really go out of date and a good sounding power amplifier today will be a good sounding amplifier for a long long time.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