Post by movingmagnet on Aug 27, 2019 23:59:50 GMT -5
Hello from the surface of the Sun Austin, Texas:
I am happy to be a part of this forum, though I am not new online audio discussions... I have proudly and slowly accumulated over 1,500 posts on Head-Fi, slightly over 3,000 on Partsexpress' Tech Talk, and a twelve (12) year-long feedback record on Audiogon.
I always approach a thread with Plato's account/attribution of/to Socrates in mind:, "...I know that I know nothing."
All that rambling aside...
I am a prospective (let's be honest, soon-to-be) XSP-1 buyer with a quick question regarding ventilation for the preamp.
For aesthetic reasons I would like to install the unit into a piece of furniture that would give it an open back panel, open front panel, and ample room on both sides. However, it would leave just .5(!) inches of space on the top of the unit. I called the fine folks at Emotiva Support (seriously they're excellent) and they/he was rather hesitant about the idea. "Try it out" and "see how everything works" were the conclusions of the call.
I quite like the look of the furniture, so I am not in a big rush to break out the old hole saw and plunge away at the space above the unit...
I do see that the preamp is listed at drawing only 32 watts under load, with "40 Watts Max" printed on the rear panel. That not a whole lot of heat.... But half of an inch isn't a whole lot of space, either.
What say we? Go ahead and install the all-Class-A pre, or find a new home before breaking out the credit card?
Should be OK, preamps don’t generate much heat, I have around 30mm above my XSP-1 and it runs cool even in 40 degrees of Australian summer.
Don;t forget Gary is in Australia so the 40 degrees he is talking about is Celsius not Fahrenheit. His 40 degrees is 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Post by woofy98102 on Jan 29, 2020 16:04:05 GMT -5
Another great solution for making sure your XSP-1 Gen 2 preamp stays cool is to use an AC Infinity 3 fan component cooler. They have front exhaust, top exhaust and rear exhaust model depending on your needs. These colers will quietly keep your gear cool and happy. I use one on my surround processor that was getting uncomfortably hot to the touch even on a top shelf with five feet of unobstructed airspace above it. Using the cooler, the processor is cool to the touch with only three inches of clearance above it in my rack. Just keep in mind that the front exhaust model is slightly louder than the other two. For $80 at Audio Advisor with free shipping, it's a visually elegant and economical solution. And cooler is always better when it comes to solid state gear as long as you keep thr room temperature around 60 degrees F and warmer. Any cooler and you will need to bring up the room's temperature and give your gear at least an hour or two for it to warm up before powering up. Audio equipment has to be purpose-built for cold temperature operation to run reliably since many parts specs can and do change with temperature.