I purchased a pair of XPA-100’s recently during the summer sale and couldn’t be happier. They are utterly fantastic, and I have never heard better sounds from my Infinity Kappa 9’s.
I am not going to brow-beat other amplifiers or components, as so many of them are very good. I am simply going to say that for my needs, my listening tastes, the XPA-100’s offer everything I could ever ask for. Used with my Bryston 11B preamplifier the sound is detailed, dynamic, and very, very transparent. They can drive the Kappa’s to levels I would dare not listen to and offer a level of finesse and refinement that I have not experienced with other amplifiers.
This is my second foray with Emotiva amplifiers, the first being with a pair of UPA-1’s that I used for over two years. The UPA-1’s were outstanding amplifiers in their own right, but the XPA-100’s take even their virtues to a completely different level. Where the UPA-1’s shine the XPA-100’s shimmer. They seem to squeeze every nuance of music out of the Kappa’s that the UPA-1’s did not. Perhaps, the extra 50wpc over the UPA-1’s makes the difference? Or, maybe it is the slightly bigger transformer? I am certainly getting much better low level sounds with these XPA-100’s, that’s for sure.
I am not going to speculate, nor am I going to surmise. I simply use my ears, and what they are telling me is that these are the finest sounds I have ever had. Cheers!
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Emotiva stuff: In service: XMC-2, XPA-DR2, XPA-5 Gen 2 Speakers: Power Sound Audio MTM 210T & 210C fronts Polk FXi A4 & TSi 100 surrounds dual PSA S1500 subwoofers Sources: Oppo UDP-203,Roku Ultra,Amazon Fire TV On standby: (2)XPA-1L, XPA-200, UMC-200