I heard the XPA-1's at Expona in March, and I was sold on buying a pair. After reading a review on the speaker terminals being far apart I had to change my mind. My Kimber Kables don't spread wide enough. So, check out your cable spread. I think you need at least 12 inches. As far as the amp goes you won't be disappointed. There's plenty headroom and bass slam. The only thing I find are the highs are a bit bright. At least with my B&W's. I had Acurus and Rotel's and the Rotel's came close. The Emotiva's give you a BIG BANG for the buck.
Emotiva - RSP-2 Stereo Pre-Amp Emotiva - XPA-2 Power Amplifier (2) Sony SACD/DVD Player - DVP-NS900V MSB/DAC – Link B & W – 802 Matrix 3 Series Speakers Brick Wall - Surge Filter Kimber Kable – PBJ Interconnects Kimber Kable - 4PR & 8PR Speaker Wire Canare Digital/Coaxial – LV-61S Atlona – Power Cord (3) Solid Steel – Audio Rack
Sure, the cable thing ... sorry ... cables are cables are cables. But cables are not a argue to let the XPA-1 die.
I have XPA-5, XPA-2 and a pair XPA-1s. The 1s are nearly perfect (sometimes humming transformers, mechanically, they are BIG ... that's how it is), but the amps are really strong, clean and noiseless (dynamic range), just superb. Better than my SME Monos (old stuff) or PA-amps (efficient stuff) or my Accuphase integrated (noiseless but not that power ... when driven to extreme levels).