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post #2041 of 2057 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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you got to love emotive power eh!!!
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How about the brand new XPA-7? Anyone seem this, it's got XLR inputs, but I think it's not truly balanced like the other XPA amps. But still, 7 channels of 200 watt power, finally Emotiva has a 7 channel amp in the XPA series.
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How about the brand new XPA-7? Anyone seem this, it's got XLR inputs, but I think it's not truly balanced like the other XPA amps. But still, 7 channels of 200 watt power, finally Emotiva has a 7 channel amp in the XPA series.
Thanks! I had no idea XPA-7 was out!
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How about the brand new XPA-7? Anyone seem this, it's got XLR inputs, but I think it's not truly balanced like the other XPA amps. But still, 7 channels of 200 watt power, finally Emotiva has a 7 channel amp in the XPA series.
Only the X series monoblocks are truly balanced from in to out. Nothing else in Emotiva's line. So, I seriously doubt a $1600 7 channel amp is.

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.
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Yeah, it's quite a price for 2 more channels. I wanted to see what Outlaw Audio has in this area, and they have 2 7 channel amps with 200 watts per channel. The one that is balanced is 2150, the non balanced model is 1850.
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Hello
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...
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Pyrom, those Silver 8 are nice speakers! But I think you would be fine without needing to bi-amp them. In that case, the Emotiva 3 would work well, you could still run your surrounds with the Anthem. Still the XPA-5 is a good amp, and you wouldn't go wrong using it for all 5 speakers.
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I see the XPA-7 is two channel rated. So I guess they can't legitimately explain to a customer they should't use it for two channels.

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

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hello, maybe you guys can help me because it seems like you all have a emotiva products. well, i just bought some balance cables for my XP-5. while i am done hooking everything up, i just notice that my surround backs are not playing. anyone have a idea why this is happening? my fronts are playing very well. as my pre amp i have a Marantz AV7702. i'm also using polk audio for speakers.

any idea would be great. thanks!
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Switch to the XLR position? Power off the amp BEFORE making any changes!

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?

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