Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sullivan County, New York
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New XPA-2 update for anyone interested.
Thursday night (12/1) added the new amp to my system which consists of:
Yamaha RX-V3800 AVR (140wpc X 7)
Paradigm Studio Reference 100 V.4 fronts
Studio CC690 V.4 center
Bose 201 surrounds
Cheap optumus 1000 10" (100w) sub
Unpackacking the unit went well and connecting everything was a breeze.
I read the posts on this thread about amps buzzing and tweeters hissing. No buzzing whatsoever from my amp and if I put my ear right up to the tweeter of either the left or right main speakers I can hear a low level hiss or 'white noise'. I don't hear it at the listening seat and only if my ear is right up on the tweeter. The hiss goes away if I turn the AVR off. Amp on, AVR off, no hiss at all.
At first, the sound of my system with the amp connected was just ok. The bass sounded a little congested and ill defined and the highs were unimpressive although not necessarily bad.
After running the amp for hours and the more I listen, the more the soundstage is opening up. It sounds bigger, more spread out and the instruments appear to be more defined in their respective places in the soundstage. I'm beginning to hear more spacial cues, more space between performers and the singer's voice sounds more palpable, physical and expressive than I ever acheived with the AVR powering the mains. I hear an improvement in overall dynamics as well as deeper bass notes that are becoming much more defined in pitch and definition than they did right out of the box.
So far the XPA-2 is already benefitting my system in the above ways, I hope it continues to 'break in' and further improves all of the above. Time will tell.