See my signature below. I'm running Klipsch La Scalas and Heresys with a Sherbourn PA 7-150 amp and they sound great. I also have a Sherbourn PA 7-350 that was in the system for a short period. Both amps rock the Klipsch speakers. I've never heard such clean and crisp sound before. Highs are detailed, but are not piercing or fatiguing. I previously had Legend series Klipsch speakers, like LC, and loved them. But the Heritage line takes it to another level for me.
I agree with others here, the top line Klipsch speakers are in a different class than the lower level models and Emotiva/Sherbourn amps drive them VERY nicely. Of course, I hear that Emotiva amps drive most any speakers very nicely!
Theater in Progress: Sherbourn PT-7030, PA7-350, PA7-150 (2), C-12 (3) Emotiva XPA-5 G2, CMX-2, CMX-6 (RMC-1 future) Parasound HCA-1205A Sony UBP-X80 Panamax M5300-PM Onkyo Integra T-4711 Klipsch La Scala I LCR with Crites AA crossovers & tweeters; Heresy I surrounds (8) Bill Fitzmaurice DIY THT subwoofers (2)
I don't have any harshness with my Klipsch system.
I don't either and I've been listening to my Klipsch Legends for 17 years now. People do tend to get used to certain sound signatures, thus preferences in speakers. I do find amusing the colorful descriptive words that many audio enthusiasts tend to put on different speaker manufactures to label their sound. While speakers undoubtedly have their own sound signatures that many enthusiast tend to label as bright/warm/neutral/etc.,etc.,etc, much of this labeling would go away if we spent more time on treating our rooms acoustically instead of just solely relying on room correction software.
I'm new to Emotiva products . My current set up is TX-NR 838 receiver with Klipsch RF-82ll fronts, RC-62 center, and RS-42ll rears. I'm considering the XPA-3 to power the fronts and center. I use my system 50/50 for music and movies. Would there be a large difference in sound quality? The majoity at klipsch forums think a separate amp would not make a big difference with my set up but I am very intrigued by the Emotiva amps and positive reviews. Anyone else use Emotiva to power Klipsch? Any advice is much appreciated.
I started out with a set of RF 82 II amongst others and a Denon 2313 (which is about to be replaced by the XMC). I first used the Denon then bought a pair of UPA-1. I listen to a lot of electronic music so Klipsch with its robust speakers is perfect for me. That being said I managed to blow out both tweeters of my RF 82 with the Denon. Got them fixed, never got close to blowing them with the UPA-1. I don't consider myself an audiophile but I could hear the difference between the Denon amplification and the UPA-1. It wasn't warmer more detailed etc it was just more effortless and didn't feel like pushing the speakers to the limit anymore, some people describe this as "more headroom". After a while I wasn't completely happy with the RF 82 sound anymore so I switched to the RF 7 II and an XPA-2 (and XSP). To me that's where the big step up is (between RF 82 and RF 7) in the current Klipsch Reference II line (don't know how it is with older models) so that's gonna make the biggest difference in sound if you like the Klipsch sound in general. But I would def recommend an XPA although I would go for the XPA 2 or the XPA 5 for future upgrade/flexibility's sake. I'm also done with the whole let's build a product that does 300 different things somewhat alright and supports every new fad out there. I like simple minimalistic products so Emotivas products are perfect for me. I'm never going back to Denon Yamaha etc.
Living Room: Panasonic TX-65GZW1004, XMC-1, Klipsch RF 7 II, Klipsch RC 64 II, Klipsch RS 52 II, Klipsch RB 51 II, XPA 2, XPA 5, SVS PB13, Panasonic DP-UB824EGK, Sonos Connect, PS4, Wii U Bedroom: Asus PG279Q & Dell U2715, DC-1, Klipsch RB 81 II, XPA-1L, SVS SB2000, Sonos Connect Various: Sonos Play 1, Play 3 Gone: ERC-1, USP-1, XSP-1, UPA-1