I recently ordered a pair of LS6's for dedicated 2-channel listening and have yet to choose an amp for them. My budget is $2000. Two amps in this range have caught my attention. First, the Wyred4Sound ST-1000 and second, dual Emotiva XPA-1 monoblocks. These both have been reviewed very well and seem to be high value amps. For preamp, I am going to stick with my home theater Pre/Pro (Onkyo PR
-SC885) for now.
I'm looking for an amp that is completely transparent and neutral, capable of resolving the tiniest nuances while also having effortless uncompressed dynamics at louder volumes. Also, a huge soundstage and with precise imaging is very important to me. So whatever qualities of an amp (channel separation, low noise and distortion???) that lead to this result are also a must. Reviews that I've read seem to indicate that both of these amps excel in all these areas while having very different overall sonic characters. I am new to all these subtle differences between high quality amps, but want to learn. Most importantly though, I want to find an amp that will combine well with the LS6's and wow me no matter what I play and at what volume level.
One other question. If I don't choose an amp right away, I may end up driving the LS6's with dual bridged Behringer EP2500 amps, which I have two of sitting in boxes. These have respectable noise and distortion measurements, as well as good specs on damping factor and slew rate. Besides fan noise, what other ways sonically do these pro-amps fail in a hifi application?
All thoughts and opinions are welcome. Also, are there any other amps that should be on my short list in my price range?