Originally Posted by DonH50
I am using an XPA-2 to drive my MG-IIIa's and it is doing fine albeit in a much smaller room. I have to really crank it to get more than the single ON LEDs to flicker. How far are you from the speakers? Askde: 45,000 uF is not "puny" though of course more charge storage is almost always better.
My last experience with Adcom was ages ago. Good sound, ran hot, not terribly reliable. No idea what the newer stuff is like.
Parasound (and John Curl) has a good rep but at 3x the cost of an XPA-2 might be hard to justify.
There are a few other amps in that range, like the Outlaw amps, that may be worth considering.
Hi Don, and thanks for the response. I'm usually about 14' from the front speakers. I will sometimes move them into a near field setup where they are about half that distance. The room is roughly 18' X 20' with a 17' ceiling.
The XPA2 is looking like the winner at this point. Adcom stopped making the GFA5802 that would have been a contender. I've checked out all the "old brands like B&K, NAD, Anthem. They have either moved on to multichannel amps or don't make anything in the power range that would handle 3.6's.
The Parasound Halo amp appeals not only for the build quality but the fact that John Curl's name is on it. He and Nelson Pass were arguably the two best designers of our generation. And I've never owned a John Curl designed amp. But $2,300 is hard to justify when the XPA1 offers more power at a lower cost.
As for snob appeal, that's not even a consideration. I'm not from the fine corinthian leather with a hint of blackberry and almond after taste school of amp sampling. I like the fact that Emotiva puts full equipment measurements for their products out there for all to see. And I believe that as far as an amp is concerned, if two amps are delivering adequate power and current over a reasonable bandwidth with reasonable distortion and low output impedance, I can't hear the difference. And if I can't hear it, it doesn't matter. So build quality and price becomes the primary issue. And I think Emotiva represents damned good value on those scores.
So, I think I'm down to the XPA2 or a pair of XPA1's. Arrrgh, don't wanna spend $2K and don't want 2 giant black boxes. But the XPA1 is so tempting.
And oh yeah, I'm not tech savvy, more like tech dangerous. I'd definitely be paying someone to rebuild the PA7 if I go that direction.