Post by encantofred on May 23, 2011 4:17:50 GMT -5
i recently upgraded my home theatre room. i have dynaudio speakers all around and they are great. a M&k sub that is great too. i also replaced a projection tv with a 60 inch sharp aquos led/lcd tv.
i used to have an older Pioneer Elite receiver, so i ditched that and got the xpa-5 and a new pioneer elite vsx-33 as the preamp.
i have to say i was very impressed. the dynaudios had never sounded so good.
not a very scientific review, but i am very happy with the amp. i called dynaudio and asked them about amps, and they were not very complimentary about the emotiva and suggested ones that were at least 2x the price. i am glad i didnt listen to them.
and, i am just about recovered from carrying the amp upstairs in my house too.
Thanks for the good feedback Fred. I think Dynaudio would tend to promote amps that are sold at the same outlets as their speakers and that certainly doesn't include internet direct products. I own the XPA-5 and am very pleased with it especially since you can't touch similar performance for 3-4 times the price.
I love my XPA-3. As was said, Dynaudio would promote amps sold by their own dealers. One of the many reasons I don't buy from B&M, I have in the past and was seldom satisfied. They push products and I really hate that. I've had many "basic amps," including HK, Sony, Sherwood, and others and the Emotiva beats them all especially in the area of dynamic range.
First, welcome to the Lounge, glad you decided to join this motley crew of a forum. Good to hear that you are finding the XPA-5 capable. I've had one of my own since March of 2008 and so far its been highly reliable. I personally like the neutrality of the Emotiva power amplifiers, no coloration of the source signal, and lots of headroom to spare. I totally agree with Chuckienut on the price/performance compared to other power amplifiers.
Post by encantofred on May 25, 2011 4:44:22 GMT -5
thanks for the comments. only thing that i disagree with is that dynaudio is usually pushed with standard receivers. most dynaudio are 4 ohms and not suitable for the traditional receivers. that is what i got an xpa-5. i was not convinced i needed to spend 2 grand on an amp after reading all your reviews on the emotiva lines. i am glad that i listened to you on that. i am biased and there are certainly lots of great high end speakers that many of you have. but please dont disparage the dynaudios unless you have listened to their high end lines. they are amazing. they take a high quality amp like we all have to make them really shine. i only use my pioneer elite for the processor/preamp and not for the amplifiers.
Never heard Dynaudios except for the second set of drivers I got for my subs. Like nearly all sub drivers of that era (mid-80s) they didn't have much excursion. I will take you at your word. Like all "manufactured" speakers their high end is very expensive.
Well just to let you know I had a Sony TA-N9000ES to put out only 115w under normal, but 200W on BTL mode. Anyway I have had a TA series for about 10 years now. It has worked fine, but I just recently relocated to Saudi Arabia. Don't worry I have a 110v power at the house. Anyway my Amp fried. Something wrong with the board.
Anyway I have been looking at a replacement now for 5+ months. I am extremely interested in the Emotiva XPA-5 with all the reviews that I have been reading. I have only read a couple of comments that really talk bad about it. Most everyone loves the Amp.
So unless anyone actually gives me the evil eye about it, looks like I will probably be joining the crew with an XPA-5. Just hope the shipment to Saudi Arabia can go through without any troubles.
Post by gerbilaudio on Jun 10, 2011 19:34:10 GMT -5
proud owner of the XPA 5, BUT i do over kill, i have carver and sunfire amps TOO! My home theater i use emotiva like xpa 5 with my pioneer elite SC 37 the latest and badest, my multi capable, my more expensive system, my SUNFIRE TGR 401, doesn't have the latest processing but it's SUPERIOR in every sound capability, amplifier section and with sonic holography what can you say. I happen to USE DAKIOM feedback stablizers which makes your SYSTEM ten times better, cleaner, better dynamics, tighter bass, crystal highs and brings out vocals. Anything it touches minus tubes, it makes the system sound so much better just like sonic holography but different purposes. I love my emotiva's, i have the new ERC 2. It's a beautiful CDP. It's not my best but it's sweet as roses. great job emotiva. It's not my grant fidelity cd 427 tubes at $1500 no longer made with the BLUE laser, it's not my OPPO BDP 95 or 93 or 83 that I have, it's not my NAD C 542 modified R.A.M cdp using yaqin tube rolling and dakioms, but the emotiva's is just as good in my opinion. Well made. I also love the emotiva's USP 1 PREAMP for my turntables even though I also have carver sunfire TGR 2 and C 16 and C 4000t. I happen to have the new grant fidelity LP 6.1 turntable with the audio technica AT 33E cartridge as expensive as any of the emotiva amps and my very expensive J.A.MICHELL GYRODEC with LINN VITTOK tonearm and a denon 301r cartridge. It brings out a convincing sound. I have nothing to complain. I have tons of carver amps and sunfire and my newest being the emotiva xpa, I can switch sounds at my disposal. I can't go wrong either way, because both carver/sunfire are great and any of my emotiva's. I'll probably buy another emotiva amp and the coming XMC-1 processor. Probably the only emotiva i probably won't get are the loudspeakers. I may purchase one of the subs. I just have too many loudspeakers of exotic design and that's something emotiva CANNOT out do! It would be hard to convince me to like their loudspeaker over my OHM WALSH, my EMINENT TECHNOLOGY, my ACOUSTATS, my SLS, my ESS HEIL, my MAGNEPANs...that's a tall order as good as emotiva's are. I also have BICs, klipsch,wharfedales, audio pro, advents, linaeum...so that's a tall order! who knows, out of curiousity, I might purchase some emotiva speakers because i'm a collector after all!
proud owner of two UPA-1s...Emo Amp's speak for themselves..i found a Emotiva add on a web site..never heard of them before..click the link..read..read some more..came in here read the post by you guys..lookup review's..want back look at them nice big ass power supply's..all them uf caps..called, talk with Vincent..about my need's...so glad i made that call..Vincent never tryed too over sell me..for what i got my two mono's for..yeah i will tell anyone who will listen about Emotiva...Man how these guys do it? HK wants $2,500 for a 150 watt two channel amp..I will never stop untill all my gear is Emo!..just me saying..
Wow, HK wants that much these days?! I remember getting an HK 120 wpc basic amp for about $300 on sale back in the late '80s. Picked up other amps of about the same power for about that price used and demos. None of them were as transparent as the Emotiva's.
Miss Theresa..first let me say it is a pleasure to read your post..nice too see a woman who know's more them most of us guys..your post are alway's a good read..like all the oldtimers in here you guys are great!..Lordoftherings is as cool as they come..but yes HK..it has two nice power supply's in it.But you are so right about Emo amps..you have a really nice system..i have seen some system's in here that have made me drule!..lol..I am using an HK3490 as a pre-amp with my two UPA-1s..i will upgrade as soon as Emo's new processor comes out.