Originally Posted by Val667
Any thoughts on the Emotiva XPA 5, MRX 700 and the F212's working together?
Big fan of Emotiva Amps but.....personally, I don't like the extra clutter of outboard Amps and the extra cables necessary to connect everything. Here's a review
on the Denon AVR4520CI.
This comment in the "Summing It Up" section at the end of the review, caught my eye:
"I initially intended on reviewing it and then selling it, but instead I have already sold my Onkyo 5508, XPA-3 amp and XPA-1 monoblocks. I keep thinking to myself that the 4520 seems to be a little on the pricey side, but if you consider what any other processor with the same features would cost you and then add the expense of amplification, the 4520 price actually sounds like a bargain."
The short, the reviewer sold his Emotiva amplifiers because the amplification section of the 4520ci, in his experience opinion, was that good, which makes the 4520ci, that much better of a buy. The 4520ci is 4ohm capable. OTOH, based on reviews I have read on the MRX 700, when under demanding situations, is woefully underpowered for Home Theater application.
We have a 3300^3 listening space that opens out to other large rooms and despite the open nature of our room, the FV15HP/4520ci combination is easily able to obtain continuous reference level playback and at +/-0dB MVC, the system is well matched so the speakers are able to keep up with the subwoofers.
Another point, checkout the first couple of pages that I linked to, in the ULF thread. You'll see what Seaton, Funk, JTR and Rythmik are capable of, in what volume size room.