Thats not what I meant, but the amps (looking at specs) have an obvious target that I think you are missing. Thanks as well for the explanation of how you play 2 channel with a 3 channel amp, I was unaware it was that easy...
I personally think the XPA-3 could handle 2 channel music fine, but the XPA-2 is beefier for a reason in my opinion.
XPA-2 is more $$$ too. Also note their descriptions:
XPA-2 = "
Stereo Power Amp
Legendary two-channel performance.
Even in the description the XPA-2 (for movies) is focused on powering fronts and letting the XPA-5 power your other speakers. This is goofy to me, just buy a XPA 7. I do know some people like a dedicated 2 channel setup, and this amp would be great for that.
XPA-3 = "
Three-Channel Power Amp
Supercharge your home theater.
My take on their line is:
XPA-2 - perfect 2 channel amp for music; could also couple with a XPA-7 for 9 channels
XPA-3 - perfect amp for someone who runs 5.1 with a good AVR and wants more power where you need it, in the front 3 speakers
XPA-5 and XPA-7 - Amps built for 5 and 7 channel HT systems and of course music.
IMO, if I was buying any of their amps for HT AND music, it would not be a XPA-3, especially with hungry speakers. Id opt for the 5 or 7. But you take from their model line what you will. I personally think worrying about the XPA-3's lower capacitance and smaller transformer is a waste of time. I run a 3.2 system for tv and movies, but do listen in stereo and 2.2 basically. XPA-3 sounds outstanding, but my speakers are also very efficient. The sound is more open when cranked than my 4520, so I got what I wanted.
The problem I do have with their numbering system is, the layman may think they are all created equally with just more channels, but that is not the case with these XPA amps and you need to think closely before buying.
When we move, Ill be buying an XPA-7 for my HT room, and leave the XPA-3 and the 4520 for the TV room.
And no, I'm not jealous of your speakers...
65" VT50 / Oppo 103D
Denon 4520CI / Emotiva XPA-3
Klipsch RF82 II and RC62 II / Hsu VTF-15H (2)
Directv HR44-200 / HR24-500
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