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Old 11-06-2014, 09:31 AM
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New owner of xpa-5. I hooked it up yesterday with my Denon 4520ci receiver as pre-amp. I read somewhere that emotiva can wake up from standby as soon as it gets signal/sound from pre-amp and goes in standby automatically when signal is stopped. My xpa is not doing this and I have to manually turn ON the amp for it to make work. Is there is any setting that I need to enable for this make it work? Didn't quite found this in the manual and therefore seeking help from experts here....how are you guys doing it? Thanks.
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New owner of xpa-5. I hooked it up yesterday with my Denon 4520ci receiver as pre-amp. I read somewhere that emotiva can wake up from standby as soon as it gets signal/sound from pre-amp and goes in standby automatically when signal is stopped. My xpa is not doing this and I have to manually turn ON the amp for it to make work. Is there is any setting that I need to enable for this make it work? Didn't quite found this in the manual and therefore seeking help from experts here....how are you guys doing it? Thanks.
I think there is a 3.5mm connector that is used for the remote turn on. My old Denon has one in the back that I use.
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That is a remote trigger input (the XPA-5 also has a trigger output, make sure you hook it up correctly) that can be driven by the trigger output signal from your AVR. Emotiva ships with a cable to connect to the AVR, or did, or you can pick up a mono cable from Radio Shack or any of the online parts places.

Look on pages 8 and 13 of the XPA-5 manual (downloaded from their web site) and whatever pages talk about the trigger for your Denon.

There is not a signal-sensing circuit like found on some subwoofers ("auto-on" feature).

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I think there is a 3.5mm connector that is used for the remote turn on. My old Denon has one in the back that I use.
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That is a remote trigger input (the XPA-5 also has a trigger output, make sure you hook it up correctly) that can be driven by the trigger output signal from your AVR. Emotiva ships with a cable to connect to the AVR, or did, or you can pick up a mono cable from Radio Shack or any of the online parts places.

Look on pages 8 and 13 of the XPA-5 manual (downloaded from their web site) and whatever pages talk about the trigger for your Denon.

There is not a signal-sensing circuit like found on some subwoofers ("auto-on" feature).
OK, cool...thank you guys. I was wondering about 3.5mm connector in the box and what it is used for. I think I got the answer and know what to do now. Will try it out today evening. Appreciate your help
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I just ordered a XPA-5 to hook up to my Yamaha AVR...running Von Schweikert speakers in a large room and hopefully this will get me a little more punch and clarity that I have been missing lately
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New owner of xpa-5. I hooked it up yesterday with my Denon 4520ci receiver as pre-amp. I read somewhere that emotiva can wake up from standby as soon as it gets signal/sound from pre-amp and goes in standby automatically when signal is stopped. My xpa is not doing this and I have to manually turn ON the amp for it to make work. Is there is any setting that I need to enable for this make it work? Didn't quite found this in the manual and therefore seeking help from experts here....how are you guys doing it? Thanks.
Some brands do have this, it's called signal sensing turn on/off. Emotiva does not have this for any of their lines, but I've got a Parasound A21 that offers this with even a gain control on the level it takes to turn on the unit, pretty sweet actually. Maybe Emotiva will offer something like this down the road, but at least they do have the 12 volt trigger.
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Hm, don't know what happened to my post, the link says my (previous) post is the latest, but when I click on it, gtsum's post is the latest. Maybe THIS post will shake things loose?

Edit: Nope, my one previous post won't show up. Nevermind, sorry for the distraction!
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Hi there,
Need help. I want to make sure that I have me set up correctly. In speaker set up for (speakers front-type), do I choose BI-AMP, or do I choose (Normal). I have my XPA -5 connected to my Integra 70.2. Any help would be appreciated. Any guidance on how to set the proper settings would be appreciated.

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It doesn't sound like you want to passively bi-amp (all you could do with your gear), plus personally I'd say don't bother, so choose normal. Some passively bi-amp their L/R front speakers if their speakers are set up by their manufacturer for such; there will be two sets of terminals on each speaker, one for the low end and one for the high end, and when not run in bi-amp mode there will be connecting a strap between the two + terminals and another strap connecting the two - terminals. If you wanted to passively bi-amp you would remove the straps and then use an amp terminal to each separate terminal, a total of four channels of amplification to drive two speakers.
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It doesn't sound like you want to passively bi-amp (all you could do with your gear), plus personally I'd say don't bother, so choose normal. Some passively bi-amp their L/R front speakers if their speakers are set up by their manufacturer for such; there will be two sets of terminals on each speaker, one for the low end and one for the high end, and when not run in bi-amp mode there will be connecting a strap between the two + terminals and another strap connecting the two - terminals. If you wanted to passively bi-amp you would remove the straps and then use an amp terminal to each separate terminal, a total of four channels of amplification to drive two speakers.
k, I wasn't sure. I did some reading on this issue, some recommended bi amping, but were not specific. Thank you for helping me with my question.
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so will I hear a big difference with my speakers with my XPA-5?
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Just got my xpa-5 yesterday. Running Yamaha avr as pre and Von schweikert speakers. Only watched one movie so far but increased dynamics r certainly there! Two questions...do you all use the 12v trigger or just keep them amp on all he time? (This is in my family room for main tv watching also) bee one, do you guys run the power straight to the wall or into your power protector (I have a Panamax). Currently I am not using the 12v trigger and I am running it straight to the wall bypassing the power conditioner...thoughts?
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As part of my system I have an XPA-3 plus two UPA-1 monoblocks. I use the 12volt trigger functions off of my AVR to turn them on and off.
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I prefer running an amp to the wall directly.

But, I use this:

http://www.tripplite.com/surge-prote...ack~ULTRABLOK/

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I would never leave a power amp on all the time. Always a risk of something going wrong and it taking out your speaker while you are away (or even while there, but you can minimize the damage by jumping up and turning it off), whether a failed component in the amp, power glitch that sends a large glitch through the system, or loose interconnect. Also, my electric bill is high enough...

I plug the amp directly into the wall. There are high-power surge protectors but the cheap ones do little good anyway. (Aside: TrippLite is a good company so I expect the one mentioned above is fine.) In my case I also have whole-house surge and lightning protection (two different units). I did put lower-level components on a UPS since we do have power glitches and the UPS allows me to ride out a short outage/brownout or power down gracefully.

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thanks for the info. I think I will try the 12v trigger and keep it plugged into the wall.
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so will I hear a big difference with my speakers with my XPA-5?
That would depend on your listening habits and expectations....if you don't have an issue with your avr in terms of power now I doubt you'll gain anything with a power amp, probably would help at extended spl since you have 4ohm rated speakers (at least your l/r, didn't look further).
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What kind of clearance do you need with a amp. My current predicament is that I can only place it in the center of my tv stand where my center channel would go. I was thinking of building a center channel holder that goes over top of the amp. Allowing maybe 2-3 inches of space in between the amp and the material being used.

This is basically the only place I can put the amp. To big to fit on my middle or bottom shelf of the entertainment center. I doubt the thing would get hot pushing my salk songtower/songcenter LCR's but worth asking. Thanks
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They run warm. I would add a chiller pad or couple of little fans with that little clearance.

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FInally ponied up, joined the e-club and got an XPA3 on the way. Can't wait.
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Enjoying the 4520ci preamp/XPA-3 gen 2 combo. Sounds real nice so far.

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Just watched two movies back 2 back, about 3hrs and 10 mins. Amp barely got warm,good bit cooler than my Outlaw 7125 did.

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Just watched two movies back 2 back, about 3hrs and 10 mins. Amp barely got warm,good bit cooler than my Outlaw 7125 did.
Sounds like you're enjoying your new gear. And you are so right on temperature. I've got an AVR in the closet that throws at least x2 the heat of the XPA-3, even when the AVR is simply "on" but not powering anything, and the XPA is working.


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Yeah, we watched another movie tonight and it's just cool. My 4520 is still pretty warm in the preamp role but I guess that is the video section.

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Have had a hard time making the amp even get warm, but I pushed pretty hard on Into the Storm and the last 20 mins is pretty action packed with regards to active audio. Left and right channels got warm, but the middle channel for the center was still pretty cool. I'd expect the two front towers to be more power intensive.

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^Yah the bang for the buck is huge. I'm a couple years in on my XPA and it has been a champ.


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I also have a hard time making my XPA5 more than barely warm. At -10 on the volume it starts to get barely warm. At -15 it laughs at my efforts!
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I also have a hard time making my XPA5 more than barely warm ... it laughs at my efforts!
An amp that laughs and asks for more is my kind of amp. 🎄👍🎄
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Have a rather odd question, perhaps; anybody know if the original feet underneath the XPA-5 are removable?

Most electronics feet are easily screwed off, but these I don't know? Reason I ask is because an installation may require the use of separate (better quality) isolation/resonance feet (Finite Elemente Ceraball) which would be placed underneath the chassis.

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