Originally Posted by Vaison
If I were to get an amp, such as the Emotiva UPA-200 - which their website reports as (rated power; THD < 0.05%): 125 watts / channel (8 ohms; all channels driven) do you feel it would be worth it? If so, why?
It's always cool to have more gear. And if running a 6ohm speaker on an 8ohm Amp, you're going fatigue the Amp with the extra effort.
How loud do you run your gear? Really, really, bother the neighbors loud or just loud enough that the wife holds both her temples and her tongue? As in, turn the AVR down a few dB and she's back to normal type of loud.
If you play the equipment at what one might consider to be "NORMAL" loud, then you shouldn't need an outboard Amp. If you like pushing your gear when watching action flicks, then you're better served getting an outboard Amp for the extra, peak, headroom the outboard Amp provides.
If you're going buy, instead of purchasing the UPA-200, go with the XPA-2, XPA-3 or the XPA-5 and be done with it; none of that half-stepping Amp buying stuff; just go for it. Beware of the center channel and surround ratings and remember, constant vs peak speaker ratings; dynamic range. And as always, buy what makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. It's important to feel all warm and fuzzy inside when watching today's crop of action flicks.