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post #1 of 5 Old 10-27-2013, 02:55 PM - Thread Starter
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Ordered one of the Emotiva XPA-5 Gen 2 amps on Thursday, they are on sale for $100 off, I'm pumped. It gets delivered tomorrow along with the one of the trigger units, and rack ears. I can just get some regular RCA's from Monoprice to go from the Onkyo 818 to the amp correct? Im going to use some crappy Red/White cables that I have in the old "Wire Box" that everybody seems to accumulate over time, until I get some decent ones online.

I want to use the amp so I can run a 9.2 setup, does anybody have a rule of thumb for how high the Front Height speakers should go? I bought a pair of speakers to mount either in the walls, or in the ceiling for heights but I'm not exactly sure how high I am supposed to mount them. Do they get mounted the same width as the fronts, just straight up higher on the wall?
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Can I ask what speakers you are using and why you bought a amp?

I have a 818 with Logan motion 12 fronts 4 motion 10s for sides and rears a motion c center and r subs.

My center channel seems to be lacking and sounds distorted at high volume I wonder if it's because lack of power
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The 818 can do 7.2 natively, but to do 9.2 it needs an external amp, So I bought the 5 channel amp to power the 3 fronts, and 2 side surrounds, then I will let the receiver power the remaining 4. Our 818's power rating is 135w/channel when there is only 2 channels driven, the more speakers we hook up, the lower the power to each one is.

I have Klipsch speakers all the way around in my setup, RB-61's for fronts, RC-62 for center, and RS-41's for sides and surrounds, then 2 PSA XV-15 subs.

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Ahhh I see so are subs included in those what's or no since I have powered subs?

So adding 5 more speakers takes it down to like 40 watts a per channel then?
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The powered subs have their own amp built in, all they do is receive the signal and the amp takes care of the rest.
I'm not sure what the total wattage per channel after I hook all my speakers actually is, but Im guessing its pretty low.

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