Originally Posted by jerseygrown
I realize the Crown will need balanced input, so I would add a ROLLS MB15b or Art CLEANBoxPro:
The Crown XLS Drivecore series has both XLR and RCA inputs. As long as your pre or DAC or whatever you're using as a pre has 1.4V or higher output you won't need to boost the signal with a CleanBox.
I have 3 Crown XLS Drivecore amps so obviously I think they sound good. Haven't heard the UPA-200 so I can't make any direct comparisons.
If you think you'll ever make the move to XLR connections via a DAC or an OPPO or some other device, definitely get the Crown.
1: Sony DVP-S7000 | Denon DVD-2900 | Laptop > Parasound Zdac > Denon AVR-5700 > Focal 826V | Def Tech BP 2000 | (2) AIY 15" Subs
2: Computer > Schiit Übered Bifrost > Emotiva Control Freak > Crown XLS 1500 > Focal 706V | Def Tech SM450 | Velodyne F-1000B Sub