We're moving into our new house so I took my UPA-2 & ERM 6.2s and hooked them up so we'd have some music while we're doing all those "things" ya do before you can really move in.
WOW. What a combination!!! I only played a couple of CDs but even my wife said it sounded fantastic. I have them sitting on their boxes upstairs and they fill the entire house with sweet heart pounding music.... ;D
Crisp, clear and distinct. The UPA-2 is a great 2 channel amp. More later....
After running the UPA-2 most of the weekend in the new house I am even more impressed with what I'm hearing. Especially for the price of $299. I'm running an OPPO 980 directly to the UPA and using the level control on the back of the amp. The house still doesn't have much in it yet, basically no furniture and the sound from this amp coupled to 2-ERM 6.2s is almost overwhelming. The sound is crisp and clear and it will get much louder than anyone could ever stand. We barely have it turned up at all and it fills the house with music. I know it will sound different when we get our furniture moved in the house but I am very impressed with this amp.
Very underrated amp. No, it's not an XPA-2 but it is a powerful and precise amp. I was thinking about getting another XPA-2 for my 2 channel setup but I now realize that I really don't need it. This thing works great and is way more than I need. ;D
I have a UPA-2 as well for my rear speakers in my theater (mated with a XPA-5) and tried it as a main just to test it. Agreed - the UPA-2 kicks ass. I plan on adding one for my office and my wifes exercise room... it's a great product at a great price.
UPA-2 is a really nice sounding amp IMO. I use mine for zone 2 in the upstairs living room with older Paradigm surrounds, but they sound fantastic with this amp. Great detail and dynamic range. It's a steal...
People too often underestimate the UPA-2. It's no toy. It's more powerful than any receiver that I've ever listened to and I think it may be the best sounding 125 wpc amp that I've heard. It's tonal balance is superb, vocals are excellent, good detail without being dry or sterile. I prefer it over similar higher priced offerings from Rotel, B&K, Anthem, Bryston(integrated), Krell(integrated). The Rotel too dry and sterile, the B&K seemed to be lacking in power and ran hot, The Anthem too clean sounding, didn't sound natural, the artist sounded like someone else, and the Krell with so-so recordings sounded like fingernails on a black board. I will buy other amps in the near future(XPA-1's), but I'll never part with my UPA-2.
UPA-2 is the best deal in Amplifier 2 channel period. Nobody else even comes close doing what the UPA-2 does right. For just $299.00 everybody else sells you a junk receiver. Emotiva has this musical instrument of a power amplifier. I work in a big box store and I still laugh a bit at how poorly these things are built and how poor they sound. The UPA-2 is for people who love great sound and quality. Those ERM 6.2s are great too. I want the UPA-2 and ERM 6.2s for my project studio. I'll hook up the UPA-2 to my studio bridge via rack mounting and the ERM 6.2s will be my monitors. I can't imagine a better setup. Emotiva Rocks. ;D
Sounds as though you really like the UPA-2/ERM 6.2 combo.
What was you opinion of the low end? How does that combo handle the low freqs? Just curious...
yes, please respond to low freqs question....
I am in a similar situation as you, Cgolf. I am moving into a new place at the beginning of November. I bought a set of ERM-1s and a UPA-1. This is going to be for my office, so a small room. Right now I don't have a pre amp of any sort. So for a temporary 2 channel set-up I will be running a Denon 2200 into the UPA-2 to the ERM-1s. I know the ERMs should produce less bass than the 6.2s but how do the 6.2s sound having no bass management involved?
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The low end was OK but not fantastic as expected. I now have a sub that I'm running with them and it makes a huge difference. By themselves, the 6.2s are great speakers but with a sub, they are exceptional... ;D