Originally Posted by TPnBobcats
There is a switch on the back of the XPA-1 to turn off the meters. I'd check that first. Odds are it got turned off.
That was the problem.
I called Emotiva who told me about the tiny switch on the back. Their customer service is top draw as is BetterCable's by the way. My back is very happy!
No sign of any snake oil yet, just made in China parts but hey my Rotel 1570 and OPPO BDP-83 have that in common. The OPPO is assembled here, don't know about Rotel or Emotiva.
The amps do get hot but not as hot as my Aragon 2 channel amp did. By the way in spite of the rated power requirements of the MLs the company has always recommended big honking amps for their speakers [my generation of MLs] and the Emotiva amps are the first affordable beasts I've run across. The XPA-1 model certainly has enough power and they do bring out more over all dynamics in my ReQuests. The sound is different, than the PS-Audio 500. So far I'd call it more robust, yet still detailed. I'd say the best quality recording I've played so far was the SACD of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and it sounds the best I've heard it. I have 28 days left to audition them and I have listened to more delicate recordings yet; for me that will be the keep or send them back test. I did listen to Diana Krall's The Girl in the Other Room and I was pleased with how it sounded. On both the Dylan and Krall SACDs the sound was some how more complete. I have many SACD/CD/DVD-A/DVD/Blu-rays to run through the Beasts
before making the final decision. I bought these based on what the folks at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity wrote about them and Emotiva in general. They lead me to OPPO and other equipment as well; I turst them. Other sources influence me as well including what many at this forum have said about Emotiva.
At this moment I can give a 'qualified' YAHOO to these mono block beasts but I still have much listening to do. The price is right, I got them 300 dollars off on sale and they drive my very temperamental speakers like champs; so far any way.