Post by progressive1 on Mar 12, 2012 18:34:17 GMT -5
hello. i tried my new xpa-1's this past weekend. did some crirical listening with my reference cd's. very nice. running those with the xda-1 as a preamp in balanced mode. very dynamic sound. ease of presentation. no clicks, pops, or hums. i run an italian monitor speaker manufactured by rosso fierentino. i have the usp-1 also for the sub but prefer the xda-1 as the pre with no sub. my opinion is that subs are for home theatre. it is very hard to integrate a sub right without lowering the sound quality imho. thanks.
Check into REL subs, and speak with someone at Sumiko (the distributor) about proper set-up. They are specifically designed to play UNDER large speakers. They crossover very low, and if you set them up correctly they disappear into the soundstage but with a noticable extended range. Most impressive sub line I've ever seen and made for audiophiles, not home theater.
Glad to hear you like it. You appear to have a really expensive setup by rosso. The XDA-1 has a lossy digital volume control which loses audio information as you turn the volume down from maximum. You may benefit from either buying an XSP-1 or an xda-2. The XDA-2 uses an analog form of volume control which doesn't have this issue.
Transport: Sony UBP-X700 UHD-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!!)
Hey progressive. I had the same feeling about subs in my system as well when I had the XPA-1s. They controlled and drove the lowly 6" woofers in my bookshelfs so well and low enough that I only missed my sloppy subwoofer during movies. In fact in order for me to gain equal quality in actual sub-woofer frequencies I would have needed to spend almost double the cost of the 2 XPA-1s I had.