It would. I have a hard time thinking it sounds better, but it would be nice if it was. I think even equalling the XPA-1 gen2's sound would be an acheivement. It's the best amp I've heard.
Last Edit: Feb 17, 2018 13:17:28 GMT -5 by garbulky
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The problem is power amplifiers last a long time, decades even, never really go out of date and a good sounding power amplifier today will be a good sounding amplifier for a long long time. Listening tests are after all subjective, what sounds "good" to someone may sound "bad" to someone else, it's question of tastes. Not that I think any Emotiva power amplifier will ever sound bad, not based on the 20 or so that I have listened to.
The question I have is how long will the SMPS last in comparison to a linear power supply? Because that's how long I would keep an XPA-1 or an XPA-DR1 in my system. Will a shoot out tell me that, if it doesn't then it's next to worthless to me.
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