Other factors influencing my decision. Size...not height or weight...but the XPA is 19 inches deep and would not fit well in my AV Rack (16 inches deep). Also price...I picked up the UPA-500 for < $300 after a recent 20% off promo from Emotiva on the recent sale price. I will likely get the XPA-5 for my living room within a year or stereo amp for my weight room. I realize this is an XPA-5 owners thread but my application was for a small bedroom with 5.1 surround. The UPA-500 fit better in my AV Rack being just over 16 inches deep. I like the pretty blue lights for some reason...and I started playing some CD's. Call it the Placebo effect...but I think they sound better. Also my wife made some comments about one of her CD's like "What's that sound?" and it was some background noise in a CD she has not heard before. I'm now re-ripping my CD collection to FLAC since the Marantz SR5008 can stream it DNLA.
Maybe those in my situation (small room) and who also has the amp bug might consider the UPA-500.
Now I am looking a better front three LCR for my bedroom (see image below). I have a preference for warm sound and am considering the Warfedale 10.2's with one of the matching centers. I am open to any suggestions to warm sounding Bookshelfs by the way. Speakers must sound good with Alice in Chains "Nutshell".
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Sure you want to test out the power of the amp, with a volume increase, but for normal listening I find that the benefit of an amp is providing the ability to hear detail in the music at a lower listening level. Tonal balance seems to be retained (no disappearing bass at lower volumes) and the separation of instruments makes lower level listening a much more enjoyable experience.
Ironically, it's like buying a car with a big engine so you can drive slower!
Another thing I noticed is with demo material. I thought I knew a song well, but after playing it on some speakers it did not sound right. I thought, wow these speakers sound kind of muddy. I then listened to the track with headphones. Yep, still muddy. It was the track. I was obviously paying very close attention to something I had not noticed before on that specific song.
Might have been worth it if it had existed back when I bought my XPA-5. Quite a price jump for those last 2 channels, though.
I have Anthem mrx510 and front speakers are monitor audio silver 8 and silver center,surrounds are monitor bx2 and i wonder if i get emotiva xpa-5 amplifier and use it to front(bi-ampi and one chanel center.
Monitor audio silver 8 is 4ohm speaker so they want more power than anthem can give.
I test anthem+parasound halo2.1 and monitor audio silver 8 and i love it,not more db but that combo has more bass at low volume and better sound however that parasound cost in Finland over 3000 euro(almost 4000$) and that is too much for me.
I look emotiva amplifiers and i wolder is emotiva good amplifier for my set???
Anyone has Anthem mrx and emotiva xpa2/3/ or 5???
Sorry my bad english,i understand more than i can write...
That is a more reasonable position than they once took with the XPA-5 used with two channel listening ( they recommended against it at one time.) Maybe they remember to put a limiter in this amp
Never had an issue running XPA-3 for two channel listening
any idea would be great. thanks!
If that's OK, swap the cables at the amp (power off first!) and see if it is a cable issue -- does the sound (or lack of) follow the cables or stay with the amp channels?
Pioneer Elite PRO-151FD
Oppo BDP-105, Denon DVD-5910CI, Cambridge 752BD, Cambridge 640C V2
Paradigm Signature S8, Paradigm Signature ADP1
Paradigm Signature ADP3, Paradigm Signature C5
REL R-505 Sub (2)
Oppo BDP-93, BDP-103D, Pioneer BDP-320
Unless you're asking about an esoteric aftermarket power cord that improves the sound? No idea.
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