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I have the Gen 2 and am pleased with it, no hum that I can tell

btw, it replaced a parasound that hummed.
Well, that is what I would call useful info. With lots of happy campers using the XPA-5, I think it's a done deal. $888 right now puts it very close to a no-brainer.

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Hello,

I recently purchased the Emotiva XPA-5 and I now looking for some new surround speakers. I will use them for both movies and music. I like to crank up the music and sometimes will use 5 channels, not just stereo. If I understand correctly, the amplifier puts out 200w continuous, not peak. I was looking at Klipsch RS-41 II for surrounds and they are rated at 50w RMS and 200w Peak. Since the amp rates at 200w RMS, does this mean that there is a good chance I can damage the Klipsch's since 200w is their peak?

Any insight is appreciated.

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There is a speaker forum...

You will damage any speaker if you overpower it. The good news is that (a) it is very unlikely you will overpower it in normal use, and (b) if you do the speaker will sound harsh and woofers may thump before the speaker destroys itself so you'll have warning.

While 50 W seems a little low to me I wouldn't worry too much about blowing them up with the XPA-5, at least no more than if they were attached straight to a midline AVR.

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I am also curious about the Gen 2 performance with regards to transistor hum and it's ability to work well with Audyssey. Lots of reviews that note transistor hum...wondering if Gen2s are good to go.

I am looking at the XPA-5 or something used via A-gon. I'd prefer a new XPA-5 than a 5 year old used Parasound assuming the performance is comparable.

I have one in my home boxed up waiting on the xmc-1 w/Dirac of course, I was just curious manly of what you fine folks saying about it.

I just sold a XPA-5 G1to a gent from Canada.
I usualy back down from shipping over the boarder but he sounds like a good audio fan who just wanted a good deal without the cost of a new straight from emo I guess.

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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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