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Can someone out there who knows his power amps compare the Emotiva XPA-5 with the Outlaw 7500 for me? Both five channel, both 200W per channel, both have balanced and unbalanced inputs. I want to use this power amp with my Onkyo TX-NR3900 for my home theater, and with a Parasound 2100 preamp to bypass the Onkyo for my turntable and other two-channel sources. Emotiva is $899 and Outlaw is $1,599. I have no experience with separates, but am not happy with the two-channel sound from my Onkyo. My three front-channel speakers are Aperion Grand Verus. Thanks!
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Can someone out there who knows his power amps compare the Emotiva XPA-5 with the Outlaw 7500 for me? Both five channel, both 200W per channel, both have balanced and unbalanced inputs. I want to use this power amp with my Onkyo TX-NR3900 for my home theater, and with a Parasound 2100 preamp to bypass the Onkyo for my turntable and other two-channel sources. Emotiva is $899 and Outlaw is $1,599. I have no experience with separates, but am not happy with the two-channel sound from my Onkyo. My three front-channel speakers are Aperion Grand Verus. Thanks!

If money was no object I would go with the Outlaw but the XPA-5 is an excellent amp as well. You could also consider the XPA-3 for your LCR speakers and use the amps in the 3009 for the surrounds. I have the Onkyo 886 with the 2100 and I'm quite happy with the combo. Good luck!

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If money was no object I would go with the Outlaw but the XPA-5 is an excellent amp as well. You could also consider the XPA-3 for your LCR speakers and use the amps in the 3009 for the surrounds. I have the Onkyo 886 with the 2100 and I'm quite happy with the combo. Good luck!

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Thanks, that's great advice. I like the idea of having 5-channel, though, so I can eventually upgrade from my Onkyo AVR to an AV preamp and would need 5 channels to do that.

On a slightly different topic, I read in a post somewhere that it's not a good idea to use only 2-3 channels of a 5-channel amp ... so is it a problem to use 2 channels of your XPA with the Parasound 2100 while the third channel not being used to output 2-channel sound?
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Thanks for this link, Davecraze ... a lot of good information there.
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Thanks, that's great advice. I like the idea of having 5-channel, though, so I can eventually upgrade from my Onkyo AVR to an AV preamp and would need 5 channels to do that.

On a slightly different topic, I read in a post somewhere that it's not a good idea to use only 2-3 channels of a 5-channel amp ... so is it a problem to use 2 channels of your XPA with the Parasound 2100 while the third channel not being used to output 2-channel sound?

I regularly play stereo music with my XPA-3.

I know Emo has cautioned against using fewer channels than the amp's channels, but is that only if they are not connected at all?

In any case, I suspect it would take a fair amount of abuse to damage your amp in that way.

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I know Emo has cautioned against using fewer channels than the amp's channels***

Really? That sounds like a design flaw.

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Which is - in reality - pure nonsense, as a lot of people are doing this, me inclusive.
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Thanks for this link, Davecraze ... a lot of good information there.

Good, that was the idea & hope some of us helped with your decision
Which ever one you buy, I trust you'll enjoy it.

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