Main theater: Pan 54 G10, Onkyo PR SC886, PS3, Carver TFM 45, Emo UPA 7, Polk SDA 2, Polk CSi A6, Polk RTi4 X 4, Velo CHT 10 X 2, APC H15. Bedroom: Sony 40 XBR 4, Onkyo 805, Oppo 980, Emo XDA 1, Emo RPA 2, Polk RTi 10, Polk CSi5, Polk monitor 30 X 4, eD A5s-300 X 2, Belkin PF60. Matrix M stage, AH D2000, HD 650, ATH-M50, ER-6i MY GEAR@ s572.photobucket.com/albums/ss165/a1adjz/Gear
In two more days my mini-X a-100 will probably arrive here. I purchased it before being aware of this forum, and based my purchase on Steve Gutengerg's competent and revealing review. I have read end enjoyed Mr. Gutenberg's reviews in the past, to include another Emotiva product he liked, the Airmotiv 4 active speaker.
The review of the active speaker was particularly pertinent to me because I have used one pair of Paradigm Active/ 20 speakers for over six years. Interesting to read a review of a speaker concept so well known by me.
Had I known that Mr. Gutenberg is disapproved of in this forum, I would have probably discounted his enthusiasm for the mini-X a-100 I purchased, and looked elsewhere. Probably Parasound Zamp(sp?) or something similar.
Why is Mr. Gutenberg's credibility discounted in this forum? I would like to know this territory better, now that I purchased one Emotiva, sight unseen and ears unheard.
I don't think everybody shares in the opinions of the one member who posted distaste for Mr.Gutenberg, so I would say that you should not reflect upon a whole the actions of a single member. Now that being said, I do appreciate some of CNET's reviews, and other reviewers as well. You need to take everything with a grain of salt these days though. When you see something like a review by StereoPhile magazine, you have to remember that the review merchandise is likely being sent in by companies that pay for advertising within the mag itself. To write a negative review about the companies who are your very life blood (advertising money) would be like biting the hand that feeds you. That being said, a lot of reviews are well written enough, you really just have to cut through the fog of adjectives being used and find useful tidbits of data underneath. I prefer the type of reviews that not only gives the reviewers opinion but also hard evidence of what it is they are hearing. Frequency response graphs, impedance graphs, manufacturer versus measured specification charts, etc. If this were available for all electronics we all could have been saved a few horrible purchases. Just my .02
Equipment: Emotiva XPA-5 Emotiva XPA-1 (x2) Emotiva XMC-1 Panamax 5100 Power Center PS4 Monitor Audio Gold Ref. 60 (x2) Monitor Audio Gold Ref. Center Monitor Audio GRFX surrounds system II: Polk LSi Towers Polk LSi Center Polk Surrounds Wyred 4 Sound 5 channel amp Home Built sub (3x12's) Verstarr Silver speaker cables Auvio Interconnects
Do we really need a reviewer to tell us that our ears are right ? I have owned the mini x-100 since it came out and I can't find anything in it's size that compares to it. It drives many of my floorstanding speakers better then my highly rated expensive avr's.