Hi - I'm starting the research for a new speaker purchase plan, likely in a few months. I currently have all 8-ohm speakers and I use an XPA-3 (Gen 1) on the L/C/R.
One brand that I am looking at indicates the floorstanders are 4-ohm, while the center channel is 6-ohm. When powering this combination with the XPA-3, won't there be a mismatch in power directed to the floorstanders vs. the center? It has been my understanding that the L/C/R should have equal power (as well as the same tonal qualities) for best sound - but perhaps I am incorrect.
Also, the company's website indicates that the floorstanders and the center have 400W max. power handling - I believe the XPA-3 is under this maximum even at 4-ohms (Gen 2 specs say 330W). Thus, if I did go with these speakers, is the XPA-3 going to be enough for them? I don't listen at reference levels by any means, but presumably any "headroom" would be non-existant?
- Yamaha RX-A3040 - Emotiva XPA-100 (x3); BAS-X A500 - Speakers: Boston Acoustics - CS226 mains, CS225C center, CS26 front heights; Fluance XLBP bipole surrounds - 2x PSA XS-15se subwoofers - Anti-Mode 8033s-II - Buttkicker mini-LFE w/300-watt amp - Samsung 63" 3D Plasma - Oppo BDP-103D - Yamaha 5-disc CD changer - Sony PS-FL1 turntable - Motorola PVR cable box - Logitech Harmony Home Control remote - Emotiva CMX-2 (x2)
A few things to note. The XPA-3's can definitely handle it. You would need level matching which can be done on your reciever. Those speakers are also rated to keep in mind wimpy reciever ratings. Your XPA-3's are a lot more powerful than you realize I drive my axiom m80's with an old UPA-2 (not upa-200). It is rated for a maximum power of more than twice what the UPA-2 is capable of delivering. But I have quite a bit of headroom Granted an XPA-2 did sound better. But the UPA-2 didn't faint in a side by side comparison
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!!)