Post by jrt3 on Dec 18, 2015 8:12:00 GMT -5
I was slowly outfitting my hobby room with some decent stereo goodies - new Klipsch R15M speakers and an Onkyo C-7030 CDP joined the old Sony BRD player and nearly two decade old Yamaha AVR used as a 2-channel amp. I elected to get another Onkyo TX-8020, like I had in my office stereo. The price increase made me wonder about a different amp - and my earlier purchase of an Emotiva unbalanced Control Freak, which I bought to remotely control my PC/JBL Pro LSR-305 powered monitors, made me look at their amplifiers. I wanted to simplify my desk - all I needed was an amp to connect between my other C-7030 CDP my new Klipsch RB-81ii's - so after much consternation - I ordered my Mini-X from Amazon (Same shipped price - $149 - 2-day delivery). Ordered Tuesday PM, it arrived in Thursday's mail. It came sealed in a mailer addressed to Amazon in Ruskin, FL, which was in a larger Amazon box with cushioning large poly bubbles - well packed. It took me a few minutes to find my pocket knife - and I had it installed in the space I had made for it on my desk. I hooked the Onkyo CDP's RI phone plug to the Mini-X's Trigger In, but they are incompatible, so, I used Auto trigger. It switches on within three seconds of the audio appearing at it's input, and back to standby after ~5 minutes of no audio. I realized that the R/L in and out are reversed, so I hooked them up 'backwards', so the speakers would be correct (I'm that anal!). But what was my reaction when I played the first CD?
I know, I am repeating myself. Seriously, even the first CD - Bonnie Raitt's "Luck of the Draw" was the last music I listened to using the Onkyo TX-8020 the night before - sounded better. Then Marc Cohn, Pablo Cruise "Live", followed by Getz/Byrd "Jazz Samba", Paul Simon's "Graceland", Clapton, and even Dave Brubeck. It sounds like the speakers arein a perfect room - great acoustic's - but it's just my office - the speakers haven't been moved - even the same ten foot lengths of heavy (#14 Cu) zipcord terminated in banana plugs. The bass sounds less strained - no longer muddy - and no need for my JBL SUB 550P subwoofer, either. The Klipsch's 8" LF driver seems sufficient now - it wasn't yesterday! It's horn loaded Ti HF driver even sounds better - as if from out of the 'darkness', rather than 'in your face', as it was. I would never believe an amplifier - with similar spec's as my Onkyo - would sound so much better. Thank you guys here for your kind words - and thank you Emotiva for this great little amp! I wish I had bought two...