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post #481 of 1944
Yes Friday! Can't get here fast enough. Although its more likely Saturday will be setup and listen day
post #482 of 1944
Finally got the XPA 5 hooked up this evening and it is now working with my Onkyo 818 for a 9.1 setup using Mirage OMD speakers. Extremely easy to setup and choose monoprice interconnects which were easy to work with.

Initial impressions of unit are that it seems well built and with the aluminum front it fits in nicely with the rest of the equipment on my rack including an Oppo 103, buttkicker amp etc.

Sound thus far is very clean and there is certainly no worry that I will be running out of power when listening to music at reference levels which is nice. Haven't had a chance yet to watch a movie or recalibrate everything with Audessey but looking forward to playing around more this weekend and will report back.
post #483 of 1944
Just ordered the XPA-5 and their 2 meter RCA, 5 of them.
I'm going to connect it to my Integra DTR 40.3 and my M&K 750 thx front 3 with M&K surr 55t tripoles and SVS pc12+.
I'm nervous I won't be able to tell a difference in sound.
post #484 of 1944
You and me both! But I will know tonight. I also have the peace if mins knowing if I notice no difference I can easily sell it
post #485 of 1944
A little time reading threads on this or any audio (car, camera, whatever) should be enough to convince anyone of the correlation between spending money and improved performance, real or not; at least the perception is there. smile.gif
post #486 of 1944
Mine has already shipped! Sweet.
post #487 of 1944
C'mon FedEx!!! Where are you. They usually come around 11am now it's 3!! They must know I am waiting for something sweet. It's a conspiracy
post #488 of 1944
If anyone has heard both, how does the XPA-5 compare to McIntosh MC8207?
post #489 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

C'mon FedEx!!! Where are you. They usually come around 11am now it's 3!! They must know I am waiting for something sweet. It's a conspiracy

XPA-5 was delivered just few minutes ago. Both Brian and baby are doing well.

LOL............congrats bro!
post #490 of 1944
Hahaha.its a nice healthy 82 lb boy. 20in long

But sitting at this bball game is no bueno. I need to be home with my new bambino

Thanks CR
post #491 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

Hahaha.its a nice healthy 82 lb boy. 20in long

But sitting at this bball game is no bueno. I need to be home with my new bambino

Thanks CR

Pay attention to the game...........mad.gif

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post #492 of 1944
I've noticed a substantial difference having hooked up the XPA-5 instead of straight from my Pioneer SC-1222. Much much louder and clean. Has anyone else noticed a burning smell, sort of like when you turn on the heater for the first time in the winter? Like it just burned off the settled dust? I noticed it with mine the first time I had it cranked at reference for about 20 minutes. I haven't noticed it since.
post #493 of 1944
Here is my XPA-5 in its soon to be final resting home. Hope you like the look of my rack.

post #494 of 1944
Flashman that looks fantastic!!! Very clean and just cool.
post #495 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

Flashman that looks fantastic!!! Very clean and just cool.

Thank you. I don't know the overall popularity of these anymore but I felt this would be the absolute best way for me to upgrade my look and have something as close to custom for my new equipment. I love the contrast of color and the stain choice I used. It all is coming together nicely. I just have to wait for my Integra DHC 80.2 to get here next week and I will be ready to hook everything up. Also have to get some more banana connectors so I can use them for my amp.
post #496 of 1944
I have a similar rack. Plain white wood with posts like yours and deviders for 5 or 6 shelves.
My XPA-5 should be here next week. I'll have to put it on the top shelf which means I can't have my center there. Which sucks cus I got no other place for the center.
post #497 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

I have a similar rack. Plain white wood with posts like yours and deviders for 5 or 6 shelves.
My XPA-5 should be here next week. I'll have to put it on the top shelf which means I can't have my center there. Which sucks cus I got no other place for the center.

That is why I went with my setup. I have a center channel that matches my B&W 703 towers that I haven't been able to use with my current center. So I saw a similar design to this and decided to go for it. 3/4" rod is plenty stout for my setup. Going to be 65" long and 24" deep which will give me plenty of room for any components I use. The middle board will be really close to the top of the amp and pre/pro but with it being an open air design I don't feel I should have a terrible concern with heat. We will see what happens.
post #498 of 1944
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

C'mon FedEx!!! Where are you. They usually come around 11am now it's 3!! They must know I am waiting for something sweet. It's a conspiracy

LOL...I know the feeling. Congrats on joining the club.
post #499 of 1944


post #500 of 1944
Ok I can't really give a total review of my thoughts yet since there was no listening over -25. But I can defiantly hear a more crisp and separated sound. Only able to listen to pink Floyd the wall cd loaded onto the iPhone. Crisp and very wide soundstage with incredible imaging

Tomorrow after 4 I will really crank it and the movie Dredd is tomorrow night so full review to follow. smile.gif

So far so good though smile.gif
post #501 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

Ok I can't really give a total review of my thoughts yet since there was no listening over -25. But I can defiantly hear a more crisp and separated sound. Only able to listen to pink Floyd the wall cd loaded onto the iPhone. Crisp and very wide soundstage with incredible imaging

Tomorrow after 4 I will really crank it and the movie Dredd is tomorrow night so full review to follow. smile.gif

So far so good though smile.gif

Once again, congrats!

The amp looks really cool in the AV console. Glad to see that you were able to make room for the amp in there.

Also, hopefully tomorrow after formal re-calibration you will be able to enjoy ever further your new setup. The cool thing is going louder while enjoying clear and defined sound with no distortion.

Enjoy it!
post #502 of 1944
Thanks again for all your help and answering my countless pms. I was able to fully audyssey xt it so its just straight listening from here on out. Ahhhh I am so excited I am done!! Now just te hobby part and making my own speaker cables wink.gif
post #503 of 1944
Very nice Brian. I'm actually watching Finding Nemo right now. Nemo just got dropped into the dentist fish tank.

Those look like PSB speakers?

I am really nervous that I won't hear an improvement over the amps in my Integra DTR 40.3. I think the Integra is just ok nothing special.
post #504 of 1944
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

XPA-5 was delivered just few minutes ago. Both Brian and baby are doing well.

LOL............congrats bro!

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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

Very nice Brian. I'm actually watching Finding Nemo right now. Nemo just got dropped into the dentist fish tank.

Those look like PSB speakers?

I am really nervous that I won't hear an improvement over the amps in my Integra DTR 40.3. I think the Integra is just ok nothing special.

Yes they are psb I love them.

I can now fully guarantee you notice a sound difference especially if your not over enamored by you current amp.

I was very skeptical but now I'm a believer!
post #505 of 1944
What do you mean over enamored by my current amp?
post #506 of 1944
Brian was talking about your Integra receiver. The amps inside there will be completely different from hooking up your XPA-5. Brian is basically saying if you aren't completely happy with how your sound is on the Integra, you should notice a difference using this amp.
post #507 of 1944
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Originally Posted by flashman03 View Post

Brian was talking about your Integra receiver. The amps inside there will be completely different from hooking up your XPA-5. Brian is basically saying if you aren't completely happy with how your sound is on the Integra, you should notice a difference using this amp.
Exactly! Sorry I wasn't more clear smile.gif
post #508 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

Thanks again for all your help and answering my countless pms. I was able to fully audyssey xt it so its just straight listening from here on out. Ahhhh I am so excited I am done!! Now just te hobby part and making my own speaker cables wink.gif

Hey, that is the idea of been a member of this forum..........we need to help each other. Looking forward to see some pics of your homebrew speaker cables.

Cheers!
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post


I can now fully guarantee you notice a sound difference especially if your not over enamored by you current amp.

I was very skeptical but now I'm a believer!

Welcome to the club, so when are you buying your monoblocks?

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post #509 of 1944
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Hey, that is the idea of been a member of this forum..........we need to help each other. Looking forward to see some pics of your homebrew speaker cables.

Cheers!
Welcome to the club, so when are you buying your monoblocks?

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Stop it!!!!hahaha I'm sending YOU the bill for the divorce lawyer wink.gif
post #510 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

Stop it!!!!hahaha I'm sending YOU the bill for the divorce lawyer wink.gif

Oh, so you are upgrading wife too, before amps......nice move. tongue.gif

Sorry, I just can't resist!!!!
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