Please help me decide on amp for Boston M340s: Emotiva UPA-200 or Crown XLS-1000
I am ordering a pair of Boston M340s today which I plan to supplement with a SVS PB-1000. To drive the Bostons, I'm looking at these two amps both currently priced at $299. The input will be a USB DAC (probably Audioengine D1).
I realize the Crown will need balanced input, so I would add a ROLLS MB15b or Art CLEANBoxPro:
Flac -> J River MC -> AudioEngine D1 -> (un/balanced conversion) -> Amp -> M340s
I get the impression that the Crown may be a better match for the speakers, but I have been happy with Emotiva in the past. My biggest concern with the Crown is the fan and some mentions about hiss. I'm assuming the hiss is from not using balanced inputs.
If you were making this choice, what would you choose? I'm not married to any of this equipment if there are better options to drive the M340s.
Last edited by jerseygrown; 08-25-2014 at 06:30 PM.