I currently have an Onkyo 818 and looking to add an Emotiva XPA-5.
Question is, does the 818 have quality pre-out connections that won't distort at high volume levels?
I thought pre-out connections were essentially all equal, but ran into the following article that said:
After confirming this twice via my measurements, I pinged Emotiva technical support and they informed me this was purposely done for end users using a budget receiver many of which tend to clip above 1Vrms output. I can certainly appreciate this as I have found this to be the case with many receivers even in the $1k price range. The XPA-2 reached its full power with only 1.2Vrms.
According to Onkyo's specs, the rated RCA output level is 200 mV/470 Ω (PRE OUT) and maximum output of 4.6 V/470 Ω (PRE OUT). The higher up model (Onkyo 1010) is rated for 1V, which seems like a major difference.
Will adding the XPA-5 actually make my setup worse because of this? I have Def Tech bp8060st / cs8060hd / sr8040bp (all rated at 92db sensitivity) in a ~2,000 cu. ft. room. I like to listen to movie/music up to -10db (after Audyssey calibration).
Also note that I bought this 818 last week (@ $647) and can return if you recommend another pre-amp unit. Though others I have seen so far with higher output rating is much more expensive.
Thanks in advance for all the advice,