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lazzz's Avatar lazzz 05:44 PM 02-02-2014
The hum is coming from the XPA itself, it gets louder and softer, louder and softer... Again, it is not very noticeable but it is certainly present and not something i was expecting.
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The XPA-5 only uses 2 prongs of its power cable, so it shouldn't make any difference.  But on the hum, are you hearing it come from the XPA itself or did you mean the speakers.  If it's the amp itself, then you have a transformer that is making noise.  I have read that dirty power can cause issues.  Also if you have noisy items elsewhere on the circuit that the amp is plugged into it could cause a problem, like a dimmer switch.  There is also the chance that the transformer is humming on its own.


Tom Grooms's Avatar Tom Grooms 05:49 PM 02-02-2014
Take the lid off and tighten
it down. May have loosened up during shipping
lazzz's Avatar lazzz 06:47 PM 02-02-2014
I can certainly try that, tks for the tip.
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Take the lid off and tighten
it down. May have loosened up during shipping

Tom Grooms's Avatar Tom Grooms 06:50 PM 02-02-2014
Happens alot. Sometimes it helps to isolate the transformer with a slim piece of rubber and clamp it back down.
audio4life's Avatar audio4life 11:30 PM 02-02-2014

Happens a lot?  Sounds like a QC issue.  If it varies in loudness, that could be a noisy circuit too, but if your handy it wouldn't hurt to pop the lid off, just be careful you don't shock yourself.


lovinthehd's Avatar lovinthehd 11:43 PM 02-02-2014
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Happens a lot?  Sounds like a QC issue.  If it varies in loudness, that could be a noisy circuit too, but if your handy it wouldn't hurt to pop the lid off, just be careful you don't shock yourself.

You'd leave it plugged in if you were going to open it up ? eek.gif
Lesmor's Avatar Lesmor 02:31 AM 02-03-2014
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You'd leave it plugged in if you were going to open it up ? eek.gif
You obviously know nothing about capacitors with that stupid comment
lovinthehd's Avatar lovinthehd 04:15 AM 02-03-2014
Ok, how long do the capacitors in the XPA5 take to discharge?
JHAz's Avatar JHAz 08:43 AM 02-03-2014
people who work on amps and don't want to die of electrocution discharge the caps manually even if the amp has not been turned on for years. Just to be on the safe side.
PretzelFisch's Avatar PretzelFisch 08:46 AM 02-03-2014
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The hum is coming from the XPA itself, it gets louder and softer, louder and softer... Again, it is not very noticeable but it is certainly present and not something i was expecting.
It sounds like it's oscillating. I had a similar issue with the xpa-5 I sent back but it also hummed/buzzed in the speakers. A low volume hum like your describing might be a dimmer somewhere in the house. My unit was pretty loud I could hear it 10 feet away. The higher the power toroidal transformer my exhibit this type of hum when there is a dc offset in the power line. you could try cmx2 to alleviate it, I don't know if it would work.
swarm87's Avatar swarm87 02:24 PM 03-16-2014
thinking of picking a gen2 up but my shelf is only 15" deep will 2" overhang on each end be a problem? should i look into a amp stand if there's space or will it be fine on the floor(wont know until after i move in a few months if carpeted or wood).
cableguy301's Avatar cableguy301 02:54 PM 03-16-2014
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thinking of picking a gen2 up but my shelf is only 15" deep will 2" overhang on each end be a problem? should i look into a amp stand if there's space or will it be fine on the floor(wont know until after i move in a few months if carpeted or wood).

 

   im pretty sure you will be ok.. I don't have a xpa 5 but I have the the xpa 1s  and the feet start 2.5 inches inside the front and back outer edge..  

 

   you will be impressed with amp power if you have never had one...


swarm87's Avatar swarm87 04:22 PM 03-16-2014
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   im pretty sure you will be ok.. I don't have a xpa 5 but I have the the xpa 1s  and the feet start 2.5 inches inside the front and back outer edge..  

   you will be impressed with amp power if you have never had one...

thanks for the info; all dependent if the new landlord will let me wall mount the tv.
DonH50's Avatar DonH50 08:41 PM 03-16-2014
If the feet hang over you can use a couple of 1" x 2" wooden furring strips to help support it. Just cut to the depth of the amp to help distribute the weight over the shelf.
cableguy301's Avatar cableguy301 09:41 PM 03-16-2014
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thanks for the info; all dependent if the new landlord will let me wall mount the tv.

 

  tv work just as well on a stand bro!!!   go for the amp bro!!!!!!  u will love the power


swarm87's Avatar swarm87 09:54 PM 03-16-2014
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  tv work just as well on a stand bro!!!   go for the amp bro!!!!!!  u will love the power

the way my tv stand is i cant. its a cheap glass one that will only support ~65lbs per shelf but the top one that is meant for a tv can support up to a 250lb TV. or i could do it like this guy on another forum http://images2.static-bluray.com/htgallery/62882_full.jpg may end up as moot in my system has to be crammed into a small bedroom but 200w in a bedroom setup would be pretty sweet.
PeterK's Avatar PeterK 06:47 AM 03-17-2014
If you are worried that the glass shelf is too thin to support the weight, you can go to any glass shop and order thicker glass plate. I did this for my over tv shelf for my very heavy center speaker.
Lesmor's Avatar Lesmor 06:59 AM 03-17-2014
Or make a shelf with MDF to suit the unit and cover it with carpet tile ( Stuck on the MDF with spray adhesive ) which is what I did
DonH50's Avatar DonH50 07:12 AM 03-17-2014
Using 1" MDF or plywood is not a bad idea, I suggested strips to provide more airflow beneath. I would not put carpet on it, however, as the carpet will reduce airflow and can collect dust as well as release dust and threads that could get pulled into the amp.
Lesmor's Avatar Lesmor 07:50 AM 03-17-2014
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Using 1" MDF or plywood is not a bad idea, I suggested strips to provide more airflow beneath. I would not put carpet on it, however, as the carpet will reduce airflow and can collect dust as well as release dust and threads that could get pulled into the amp.

First I am not proposing having it on a floor and walk on the carpet, clearly states to suit the unit
I cant see it reducing air flow as the feet maintain the correct clearance, we are not talking about a deep shag pile carpet tile here
The amp doesn't have fans that draws air underneath to exhaust at the top it cools by convection so don't see where threads come into the equation.
A glass shelf is a dust magnet and all your counter argument equally applies, how many times do people dismantle this beast of an amp to dust under it, or any other kit for that matter.
DonH50's Avatar DonH50 12:07 PM 03-17-2014
Carpet attracts and holds dust ( and little dust bunnies). Convection can allow them to rise into the amp fan or no. The amp will settle a little into the carpet, reducing clearance underneath slightly (ok, that one is a stretch). Carpet induces more potential for static electricity (ESD); I prefer metal shelves myself but my components are currently wooden console so I violate my own rules (trade with looks, WAF). Carpet provides a more turbid airflow than over a smooth surface, admittedly again a stretch. I have not measured such a scenario but in my (long ago) pro audio days cooling was a major concern and we preferred open racks or slotted shelves, can't imagine using carpet.

I come from an engineering lab environment so am more sensitive to static and dust, occupational hazard. Your counter arguments are reasonable, I just have a carpet phobia. Where I live is also very dry so dust and static is a bigger problem than more humid climates. I do dust around my amps now and then but am probably in the minority. I know what dust can do to electrical and thermal integrity.

Experiences/backgrounds vary and I am probably more anal (can I say that here) than most. - Don
cableguy301's Avatar cableguy301 12:13 PM 03-17-2014
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Carpet attracts and holds dust ( and little dust bunnies). Convection can allow them to rise into the amp fan or no. The amp will settle a little into the carpet, reducing clearance underneath slightly (ok, that one is a stretch). Carpet induces more potential for static electricity (ESD); I prefer metal shelves myself but my components are currently wooden console so I violate my own rules (trade with looks, WAF). Carpet provides a more turbid airflow than over a smooth surface, admittedly again a stretch. I have not measured such a scenario but in my (long ago) pro audio days cooling was a major concern and we preferred open racks or slotted shelves, can't imagine using carpet.

I come from an engineering lab environment so am more sensitive to static and dust, occupational hazard. Your counter arguments are reasonable, I just have a carpet phobia. Where I live is also very dry so dust and static is a bigger problem than more humid climates. I do dust around my amps now and then but am probably in the minority. I know what dust can do to electrical and thermal integrity.

Experiences/backgrounds vary and I am probably more anal (can I say that here) than most. - Don

 

  few weeks ago I tried a Swiffer duster  wow really picked up the dust great off and under the av equipment  highly recommend for dusting    :)


Lesmor's Avatar Lesmor 12:33 PM 03-17-2014
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Carpet attracts and holds dust ( and little dust bunnies). Convection can allow them to rise into the amp fan or no. The amp will settle a little into the carpet, reducing clearance underneath slightly (ok, that one is a stretch). Carpet induces more potential for static electricity (ESD); I prefer metal shelves myself but my components are currently wooden console so I violate my own rules (trade with looks, WAF). Carpet provides a more turbid airflow than over a smooth surface, admittedly again a stretch. I have not measured such a scenario but in my (long ago) pro audio days cooling was a major concern and we preferred open racks or slotted shelves, can't imagine using carpet.

I come from an engineering lab environment so am more sensitive to static and dust, occupational hazard. Your counter arguments are reasonable, I just have a carpet phobia. Where I live is also very dry so dust and static is a bigger problem than more humid climates. I do dust around my amps now and then but am probably in the minority. I know what dust can do to electrical and thermal integrity.

Experiences/backgrounds vary and I am probably more anal (can I say that here) than most. - Don

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  few weeks ago I tried a Swiffer duster  wow really picked up the dust great off and under the av equipment  highly recommend for dusting    smile.gif

The Swiffer is really good for getting under things, but dust is unavoidable whether Glass metal or carpet.
Depending on the nap and fibre of the carpet tile used (i.e Nylon not recommended) static might or might not be a problem
I used the same process to make a Gramma /Subdude type of platform for my subs years ago and they don't appear dusty at all
Dust build up internally with all equipment will happen whatever you do.
Anyway horses for courses, enough said
kilabean's Avatar kilabean 11:16 AM 03-18-2014
Hey there everyone. I've had an xpa-5 for a few years now, maybe more, and I only have 3 speakers hooked up to it. Tried hooking up my surrounds to it but it kept shutting the amp down. My mains are 200w my center is 250 and my rears are 120w. I considered getting a upa 5 or 7 for rears, sides and then use what's left for the whole house audio I'm putting in. Anyhow is it possible to hook up several different wattage speakers to the same amp? My plan was to do the main 5 speakers and then bi-amp the side channels on my receiver. Didn't work when I tried it four years ago and I'm only now getting around to asking about it. haha biggrin.gif
Cheers
Mike
DonH50's Avatar DonH50 01:00 PM 03-18-2014
Speaker wattage and amplifier wattage are different things and are only loosely related. They do not need to be rated the same. If the amp is shutting down there is a short in the speaker wiring someplace, the speakers are bad, or the amp is bad. Try connecting a different (known-good) speaker to the amp channels to see if they work.

I personally consider bi-amping as implemented by most AVRs a waste of time, effort, and money but there are endless threads and debates on that subject..
cableguy301's Avatar cableguy301 01:35 PM 03-18-2014
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Speaker wattage and amplifier wattage are different things and are only loosely related. They do not need to be rated the same. If the amp is shutting down there is a short in the speaker wiring someplace, the speakers are bad, or the amp is bad. Try connecting a different (known-good) speaker to the amp channels to see if they work.

I personally consider bi-amping as implemented by most AVRs a waste of time, effort, and money but there are endless threads and debates on that subject..


yeah would agree bi amping an avr waste of time..  

 

    yup I would think some short in speaker wire or surround speakers.. but just change the main to the other channels to test if its the amp.  I doubt it..

 

      cheers


jugger's Avatar jugger 06:12 PM 03-18-2014
Can anyone comment on if $500 for a used XPA-5 first generation is a good deal. They said all five channels work and no scratches. Thank you
marcuslaw's Avatar marcuslaw 06:27 PM 03-18-2014
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Can anyone comment on if $500 for a used XPA-5 first generation is a good deal. They said all five channels work and no scratches. Thank you

Find out approximately how many total hours the amp is been driven. It would also help to know where the unit was kept while in use. Obviously one with extensive use and kept in a confined media cabinet might be one to avoid despite looking good on the outside.
jugger's Avatar jugger 06:30 PM 03-18-2014
Unless there's a counter I'm not sure i would get the correct hours. He is also so second owner. He has only used three of the five channels but the previous owner was using all five.
VINYLFREAK4's Avatar VINYLFREAK4 07:15 PM 03-18-2014
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Can anyone comment on if $500 for a used XPA-5 first generation is a good deal. They said all five channels work and no scratches. Thank you

I would also find out the original purchase date and how many years are left on the warranty.
Also, its not uncommon , for re-sellers to send units to Emotiva to be check out and tested prior to sale.
Find out , if this has been done.
Also seller reputation would be important ....E-Bay, Audigon, Emotiva Emporium etc......
Just my 2 cents.
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