Emotiva PA-1 power amplifier review is now LIVE! Feb 20, 2019 20:03:07 GMT -5 KeithL, tomincle, and 1 more like this
Post by boomzilla on Feb 20, 2019 20:03:07 GMT -5
A very good question - I've no answer.
I can't address the "why no preamp?" question but I think I can say why we got the PA-1s. Dan heard them - liked them - and bought a big lot of them from B&O. The volume discount allowed Emotiva to package them and sell them for a very, very low price.
True, tomincle - they are tiny and run cool in addition to sounding amazing.
First, thank you kindly, Randy. And it's definitely fair to say I was surprised by the PA-1. I'd owned a number of Class-D amps before including Crown's XLS amps and other "pro-audio" models. They were cool for their features, price, small size, light weight, and high power output, but NONE of them sounded anywhere near as good as the more expensive amps. So I thought that I had a good understanding of what to expect from the PA-1 amps. After all, the "PA" designation gave me the impression that they were primarily intended for public-address work, and Emotiva's mention of "studio" service in the PA-1 product page reinforced my expectations.
So when I got the amps... WHOA! Definitely NOT a "pro amp" sound! Their sound was SO far away from what I was expecting that I promptly asked garbulky to check them out and tell me what he thought. Like me, he was highly impressed. So I wrote my review knowing that the Secrets site might not even post it since it was such a rave, and also knowing that the review would instantly earn me the (incorrect) online reputation as an incorrigible Emotiva Fanboy. And in spite of those personal "negatives," I felt that I had to say what I heard - so I did.
The review feedback is about what I expected, although the trolls mostly felt it wasn't worth their time to respond. And having lived with the amps since the review, I still stand by what I said. Were I to criticize ANY aspect of the amp, it would be my reduced pleasure when the amp tries to take on speakers that exhibit both less than four ohms impedance dips and difficult phase angle crossovers. Don't get me wrong - the PA-1s still play those speakers just fine, and sound far better than an AVR doing it - but the little amps seem to sound their best (and their best is startling) with six-to-eight ohm speakers (nominal impedance).
Finally, yes - using a subwoofer does seem to "unload" both the satellite speakers and the amps so that the combination plays at yet another level up. The PA-1s are "keepers!"