I just bought a xpa-2 and xpa-5 gen 1 used. I wanted to go with a class a/b power supply vs the switched power supply in the gen 3. Call me old school though. Heard great reviews of the gen 3. Got a great deal though on the older stuff so went that route.
PRE/Pro XMC-2 AMPS XPA-2, XPA-5, Carver five channel for heights Main Speakers- Goldenear Triton 1 Center - B&W CDM 1NT Sides - M&K S85 Rears - B&W 703 Atmos - 4 golden ear Invisa 650 SUB 1 - EAW LA118 (Powered by QSC USA900 bridge mono) SUB 2 - M&K mx350
Either choice is a great one. It really comes down to what you are planning on the system in the long run. If you are not planning to increase modules, than the Gen 1 makes good sense. However, the Gen 3 leaves you options later.
Does the warranty have Any Value to you? That's part of new cost and what you sacrifice buying pre-loved.
GIII might have the edge IF you go to sell it. Somebody could buy it knowing they were going to add a module or more.
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2017 19:32:30 GMT -5 by leonski
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