KlineMJ's XSP-1 Review Oct 22, 2012 17:25:00 GMT -5
Post by boomzilla on Oct 22, 2012 17:25:00 GMT -5
Probably nobody, BUT if some of those don't matter to ME, then the value scale shifts!
I don't have balanced sources or power amps so bye-bye to caring about balanced XLR ins and outs.
I don't have phonograph records anymore, so adios to MM & MC phono inputs with variable impedance padding.
I've never cared for (or needed) tone controls, so AMF to messing with the frequency balance.
What's left? Bass management, "high-quality parts & build" and a 5-year warranty.
EVERY manufacturer in this price range claims "high quality parts & build."
Parasound 2100 has bass management (for FAR less $$$).
And if I don't like the unit, why should I care about its warranty? It won't stay in my living room long enough to matter.
I'm not trying to be prickly here - I'm just stating that for MY priorities, is the XSP-1 really worth the extra scratch?
I could avail myself of Emotiva's free in home trial and then send it back if I don't like it, but I have ethical reservations. I feel that if I've bothered Emotiva with making a purchase and having them ship it to me, that I should keep the darned thing and not send it back whining that "I didn't like it." This is an irrational response that I recognize in myself: Emotiva is offering the free trial to keep customers happy. The VAST majority of buyers probably NEVER exercise the return option because the VAST majority of Emotiva's products are exceptional values for the money.
I guess I'm asking whether the XSP-1 is also an "exceptional value for the money" in comparison to the competition.