Ordering XPA 1 soon and would like to know if most of the amp owners put their amp on the rack or bottom of tv stand. I have room at both locations but on the stand would be closer to separate circuit.. thanks in advance.
I don't have the XPA-1's but I have monoblocks. I havr mine directly behind my FR/FL speakers. They are very light so I wall mounted them...not something to consider with the 1's.
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My humble opinion? There is NO way I'd put a pair of those amps on that glass shelf, that is begging for trouble. Secondly, your speakers are jammed back in against your rack and TV stand, thus really harming the soundstaging and imaging of your system. This is the single most common mistake I see with the setup of peoples' systems.
If you were to slide those speakers out into the room about a foot or so, you would then have room behind them to place the amps. This eliminates the worry of the amps breaking a shelf AND it allows you to have a very short speaker cable run from amp to speaker - "audiophile approved"!! Heh, heh. Just be sure that the amps are sitting on some maple blocks or something similar to allow for adequate air flow from under the amps....
Post by monkumonku on Jul 23, 2013 10:37:17 GMT -5
I agree with the above advice. Amps should be as low as possible on a rack and not be on glass. Also, as RLW suggested, pull the speakers out more into the room.
I have a stand and rack similar to what you are using (can't tell if your rack shelves are wood or glass; mine are wood). I used to have two XPA-1's and an XPA-3 on the first (lowest) three shelves of the rack and never had a problem. Later on I moved the XPA-3 to the glass shelf on the TV rack and it was fine although it was a tight fit depth-wise and I had to use spade lugs on the back of the amp instead of bananas because there wasn't enough room. The XPA-1's are heavier than the XPA-3 and I would say don't try putting both amps on a glass shelf.
Monku is right. And even if you have wooden shelves, you will probably find that over time the shelf will become bowed by having so much weight placed upon it. Give my suggestion a try, it seems to be the best compromise for your situation. One other bonus "feature" that I just thought of: It will also obscure the overly-bright blue LED glow of the Power button.
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I have that same TV stand with a pair of xpa-1's on the bottom shelf and an xpa-5 of the top shelf. No problem
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Assuming the rack or TV stand can handle the weight, put them where they're most convenient for you. I would just say to keep them down low.
First I agree with geebo. Second, I have two XPA1 Gen 2 amplifiers on VTI glass racks. Each glass shelf can support up to 200lbs.
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