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I'm looking to get an amp and the choice is between the Emotiva XPA 2 and NAD C275BEE. The prices are exactly the same. The difference is the XPA-2 (300W X 2 @8ohm, 500W X 2 @ 4ohm) and the C275BEE (150W X 2 @8ohm and 4ohm). I have heard that Emotiva amps can be a bit bright at times. These will drive Polk RTi A9s and in the future maybe ML Electromotion ESL.
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I have auditioned NAD275BEE on PSB Synchrony One speakers with NAD T787 in 2-Channel stereo mode as pre. I must say it is a very very potent amp. Don't go on the stated specs; it seemed like it was pumping out twice the wattage.
Mind you; Synchrony Ones are tough load for any amp, with 4ohms nominal impedence and only 88-90dB sensitivity. NAD 275BEE was all up against the daunting task in a room roughly 25 feet long and 16 feet wide.

The lows hit extremely hard and the highs were more airy with no hint of harshness.

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I'm looking to get an amp and the choice is between the Emotiva XPA 2 and NAD C275BEE. The prices are exactly the same. The difference is the XPA-2 (300W X 2 @8ohm) and the C275BEE (150W X 2 @8ohm). I have heard that Emotiva amps can be a bit bright at times. These will drive Polk RTi A9s and in the future ML Electromotion ESL.

Competently designed amps are NOT tone controls and will not be bright or warm or whatever other flowery adjective one wishes to apply. Competently designed solid state amps will amplify a signal and pass it unaltered to the speakers. Speakers, room and eq/tone controls will dictate how the sound from speakers will sound. That being said both the NAD and Emo amps here are well designed amps (to the best of my knowledge) and both will provide power to your A9's adequately. The choice is really up to you.
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I am leaning towards the XPA 2 due to the extra headroom they would probably provide. Has anybody heard both the XPA 2 and the C275BEE for a comparison?
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Has anyone heard NAD and Emotiva amps? Would there be a sound difference between them?
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Anyone more experiences?
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At the same power levels there should be no sound difference between these amps.

If you are perceiving an amplifier to be “bright” it might indicate that it is being over driven and lacks sufficient headroom to drive the bass. Perhaps inadequate dynamic range. The high frequencies could sound disproportionate loud in that situation. But this is just a guess.

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