But I believe you also own the Big Ego, correct? I'm very interested in how you think the ego compares to the xsp-1. I also own the big ego and really like it, but would like to know your thoughts on how they compare.
In my use they really don't compare, the BigEgo is used as a USB DAC and analogue volume control for a pair of Airmotive 4's in my home office. The XSP-1 on the other hand is used as a pre amp, bass management for 2.1 plus source switcher and uses the DAC in an ERC-3 as analogue input from CD's as well as input from the turntable for vinyl. It's in ByPass mode for 5.1 HT using a UMC-200 as the processor/pre amp.
So the main purpose of the BigEgo is a DAC whereas the main purpose of the XSP-1 is as a top shelf analogue pre amp. The only common feature is analogue volume control and they both do that job superbly.
The DAC comparisons in the Emotiva range are BigEgo, LittleEgo, XDA-2 and DC-1, plus the XMC-1 does DAC duties as well. I have tried the BigEgo, LittleEgo and XDA-2 in several comparable systems and the Ego's to me sound better.
(Lounge) Samsung UHD HDR 55" LCD, Foxtel IQ3 (cable), Emotiva ERC-3, Emotiva XMC-1, Emotiva XSP-1, 2 x Emotiva XPA-1L's, Emotiva XPA-5, Ascension Summoner 863's & 843's + 263 Centre, SoundStream 17" sub, Emotiva XPA-100 sub amp, Denon DD TT, Sony BD X800 4K, Apple TV4K (Family) Sony HD LCD, Foxtel IQ2 (cable), Apple TV4, Panasonic BD60 (Home Office) MacMini, 2TB EHDD, Emotive Big Ego & Airmotive 4's (Veranda) Zone 2, XPA-5 x 2 Channels & KEF Chorus