Any one have insight as to whether the DR3 would > the brightness to the already bright Polk A9’s. Former blogs refer to older Emotiva amps being bright, and the Gen 3 series being warmer. Have not seen any comments on the DR series.
If your speakers play bright now to you with the Onkyo, adding an amp will not fix it. I know that from experience. I would work on speaker placement, some tone control, etc. and possible replacement of the receiver if needed. An Amp will only amplify whats fed to it. Emotiva amps are very neutral IMO. My 2 channel system was very bright to the point of being fatiguing when listening to it. I tried everything from amps, cables, placement to no avail. I replaced the pre-amp and that cleared the brightness situation immediately.
My suggestion if your system is bright, troubleshoot first the buy later so you are not wasting money, and are happy with the end result.
I've used a whole lot of the Emotiva amps. The amps are not bright.
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!!)
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Post by Ex_Vintage on Sept 6, 2018 12:38:20 GMT -5
I had some RTi-8's as my L/R and they were the first thing I replaced when upgrading my system. I know the RTi-8's are not the best of Polk speakers, but they were bright in the tweeter and dull in the midrange.
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