Originally Posted by cmryan821
2 xpa-1's?! Maybe I should have asked and not assumed, but what exactly is your budget? I thought you were trying to stay below 1K but two of those would be 2K before shipping.
It's my fault maybe being a bit vague because, we all have our personality quirks and I am just very OCD about getting 'bang for the buck.' I am very willing to spend money if I think that I am getting a great deal in terms of performance for the dollar.
So I don't have a budget per se. I just had decided after internet research, talking to the Emo sales staff, reading forums, and all that, that Emotiva was the perfect amplifier company for me. Very high bang for the buck ratio. Unbelievable user loyalty. So while I was probably going to go for a single XPA-2 thinking that 500 WPC (4 ohms) was enough and thinking that $800 would be a nice amount to spend, I was also considering dropping the 2K needed for the 2 XPA-1 monoblocks. As I've said earlier, not exactly sure what kind of speakers I'll be ending up with and I like to play music loud.
I started this thread because I was hoping that there would be another such bang for the buck option out there. I am a firm believer (whether it is really completely true or not) that unless you are buying discontinued, clearance items, you are paying a huge markup going retail versus internet direct. For subwoofers, there are at least 5 extremely well regarded ID options that give tremendous bang for the buck. For speakers, probably even more.
So what I want (and thanks so much for all the good ideas posted here) is, lets just say for simplicities sake a way to drive two fronts at 500WPC for 1K or 1000WPC for 2K and I want the product to be as well regarded (almost universally) as Emotiva. I'm not sure whether I'd choose to spend 1K or 2K....but that isn't what I'm asking for help with if you know what I mean.
Maybe I'm just too caught up in the hype of Emo but that's a bit of the way internet research works for people not very knowledgeable about a field. I don't say this to put myself down, it's just that my line of work is in no way connected to music, I've never done this as a hobby before, etc.
So...my take home so far is that there is no company that offers Emos bang for the buck for a product as universally well reviewed for the 2 channel wattage I want. Outlaw would be right there if they made an XPA-1 or XPA-2 clone, but they don't. There are many pro-amps that are much cheaper and much more powerful but it is clear that not everyone thinks these are equivalent in terms of SQ (I have nothing to offer on the issue myself). There are a few of these class D amps but it is clear that there is still some controversy about their performance versus class A/B.
A lot of the satisfaction I get from spending money is to feel that, at least for my own needs, I've found the perfect product at the perfect price point. I thought I had it and am now struggling to find the next best thing.