Originally Posted by c3nturion
so xpa 3 for LCR and denon for my surrounds will be my best bet. this will be for my basement hometheater. the seating position will be 10-12 ft. whats your opinion for xpa 5 driving the triad in wall speakers including the surrounds,, 4 ohms
XPA-3 plus the Denon for surrounds would be, I would say, a pretty good arrangement. The XPA-5 would be great - but costs more. Surrounds generally require less power than the mains, which is why the Denon would be a good choice to drive the surrounds. In an ideal world I would go with the XPA-5 - it is a great amp, terrific value and could well be the last amp you will ever need to buy.
I went your route - XPA-3 and my Onkyo 5007 driving the surrounds, which worked really well. But then I wanted the Onkyo 5009 pre-pro, which I now have, so I ended up buying two Emo UPA-2s to drive my surrounds and heights. Not that I am complaining - it is terrific. Just pointing out that the XPA-5 might give you a degree of future proofing if you ever go the pre-pro route.
The great thing about amps is that they never go out of fashion and never change - you can keep a good amp for decades. I have a two-channel amp that I use in my separate music system which I have had for over 20 years. It has been powered on all of that time (other than power cuts) and still works like it did the day I bought it. I expect my Emo amps to last as long, or longer.