Happy Holidays everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. I took a break from the Lounge and other social media for a while to avoid some of the election craziness and because I adopted a puppy that has been taking up all my time and money. (He arrived with a massive drug resistant infection that required surgery, and now that he feels better I've discovered that he can't safely live with our two cats. If anyone wants a dog, I'll give him to you for my cost--$9,000!)
Anyway, when it rains, it pours, so my beloved Sherbourn SR-120 is failing. It occasionally makes these crazy cartoon bubble popping sounds that go from speaker to speaker. I called Emo to inquire about a repair and whether they could tell if it was an amplifier issue or a processor issue, and they said they don't service that unit anymore, that it could be the amp or the processor (a bad capacitor or opamp anywhere in the chain) and they twisted my arm and sold me an XMC-1 refurb. Now I either need to try running the XMC-1 through the amp section of my SR-120 and see if it works or step up and buy a new amp.
My first thought for an amp is, of course, Emo, but I checked the sales site and there is no BasX 7 channel amp (and if there were it likely wouldn't keep up with my dual 1 kw sub amps) and the XPA models are a bit pricey and probably more power than I need.
So far I'm liking the Outlaw 7000x, which seems to be a good fit for me and to provide nice performance (at least on paper) for a reasonable price).
I'd appreciate insights on my amp choice. I'd like to spend $1,000 or preferably less. I'd consider a relatively new (2 yrs old or less) used amp too.
XMC-1 XPA-7 Gen 3 Realistic LAB 440 turntable/Schiit Mani preamp Roku Ultra LT Echodot Snell E.5mk2 mains Snell CR.5mk2 center Snell SR.5 surround sides XRM 4.1 surround rears Dual Dayton Audio RSS390HO-4 15" Reference HO Subwoofers in 3 cubic foot sealed cabinets Dual Dayton Audio SA-1000 subwoofer amplifiers Epson Home Cinema 3500 projector Darbee DVP-5000S
Congrats on the new fur baby, $9000 ouch that hurts but glad he is all better. As for your choice in the 7000X I believe it's an excellent choice, I own one and love it, the power specs are conservatively rated, it has balanced connections and it sounds great as I can attest to. For what I see these used XPA gen 1 and Gen 2 amps selling for I always wonder why someone would spend so much on a used amp when there is an option such as the 7000X. You have one vote from me, an excellent amp for the price.
Last Edit: Dec 30, 2020 10:59:55 GMT -5 by creimes
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