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post #2041 of 2048 Old 08-07-2014, 05:33 PM
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I have been using an Alice in Chains disc as a demo disk. Not sure why, but it seems right to me.
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IME most people turn things up and start listening more closely when they add a new amp (or anything else). Inevitably they find something new and improved. It was really humbling when I was sure I heard differences, knew exactly what they were, and still couldn't pass an ABX test.
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I find that I actually end up turning the volume down when I add an external amp to a system.

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!
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Most likely you turned the volume down because the gain structure of the amp is such that at the same MV setting as before the actual SPL is higher. The 1st gen XPA-5 had a high input gain. Did you rerun calibration after you added the amp or measure the SPL.
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I believe the gain on the second gen amps is around 29 db - so I hope it would sound louder at similar volumes
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Actually, the 2nd gen volume will be lower than the 1st gen. The 1st gen XPA-5 had an input gain of 32dBs vs the 29dBs of the 2nd gen.
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IME most people turn things up and start listening more closely when they add a new amp (or anything else). Inevitably they find something new and improved. It was really humbling when I was sure I heard differences, knew exactly what they were, and still couldn't pass an ABX test.
I have long suspected that's a large part of differences. People start concentrating on something they normally don't concentrate on

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.

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