Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: British Columbia, Canada
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I recently purchased an XPA-5 and was hoping for increased sound quality, but it just isn't enough to justify the cost in my opinion. I'm going to hang on to it until New Year's and make a decision from there, but at this point I would say that I am disappointed for the amount of money it cost me.
If you are trying to achieve volume levels that your AVR cannot handle well (clipping etc) and/or your speakers are difficult to drive, then the Emotiva may be right for you.
I read reviews from owners of the same speakers that I have saying that a separate amplifier helped out greatly. That added to all the Emotiva praise sparked my interest, but my ears do not hear $750 worth of difference.