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Originally Posted by runnin' View Post

Nope, I just tested the two amps again. Female vocals are brighter with a hard "ssss" with the Emotiva at higher volumes and the Parasound subdues them at the same volume. But beleive what you like. I wonder if the high bias class A of the Parasound is what I'm hearing, but whatever it is, the soundstage is more refined. Mind you, that's with Paradigm Signature S6 for speakers.
Still I have to say the Emotiva does a good job and for the money spent it's pretty good.

This is still early and have not finished breaking in my center, Kef Reference 202/2, but in multichannel music (no EQ) things can be a bit harsh again on certain tracks where the Bryston 4Bsst2 was not in 2 channel. Difference is Sherbourn PA 5-200 driving the other channels, primarily the center but also surrounds. The PA 5-200, I believe, is just a better built XPA-5 so sound should be similar. This is way early to conclude anything yet but your observations make me take notice.

Main Kef: Reference 205/2 & 202/2c, Surrounds: Kef XQ40, Velodyne Optimum 12, Integra DHC 80.3, Ayre K-5xeMP, Oppo BDP-103, Bryston 4Bsst2, Parasound Halo A31. Second B&W: 685 (3), CCM618, Def Tech Powerfield 1500, Onkyo TX-NR1008, Zone 2 Klipsch AW650.
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