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post #571 of 1944
i will be using the denon 3313 as a pre pro together with the xpa 3 i guess this will be a good set up to drive all the triad speakers with no problems. i was thinking of using the integra 50.4 too but its too expensive. thanks guys
post #572 of 1944
Last day of the sale so I just ordered the XPA-5 with the black trim kit. It will be getting hooked up to my Pioneer SC-35 which has very good I.C.E. 140 WPC. I hope I can hear a difference. The XPA-5 will be powering my beloved Klipsch RF-3, RC-3 and RS-3 combo. Glad to finally be a member of the Emotiva team:)
post #573 of 1944
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Originally Posted by K5/SS View Post

Last day of the sale so I just ordered the XPA-5 with the black trim kit. It will be getting hooked up to my Pioneer SC-35 which has very good I.C.E. 140 WPC. I hope I can hear a difference. The XPA-5 will be powering my beloved Klipsch RF-3, RC-3 and RS-3 combo. Glad to finally be a member of the Emotiva team:)

nice setup btw I just changed form having the exact Klipsch setup you have...smile.gif

I was in the same boat last week! I bought one but was very nervous/skeptical. You WONT be disappointed!! the details you hear from all channels being driven equally with raw power is astounding! I hear things I never heard before, and now my listening axis inst as narrow. the imaging is incredible.

The only thing I am mad about with the xpa-5 is that I didnt buy one sooner wink.gif btw the black trim kit is cool looking...mine came with custom made silver once (second hand) but am thinking about grabbing the black
post #574 of 1944
Just ordered an XPA-5, looking forward to some clean sound. I have never been happy with how our center channel sounds in our theater, hoping an abundance of power will clear things up a bit.

Thanks for all of the input on this thread!
post #575 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

nice setup btw I just changed form having the exact Klipsch setup you have...smile.gif

I was in the same boat last week! I bought one but was very nervous/skeptical. You WONT be disappointed!! the details you hear from all channels being driven equally with raw power is astounding! I hear things I never heard before, and now my listening axis inst as narrow. the imaging is incredible.

The only thing I am mad about with the xpa-5 is that I didnt buy one sooner wink.gif btw the black trim kit is cool looking...mine came with custom made silver once (second hand) but am thinking about grabbing the black

This was exactly my experience when I got mine two weeks ago I also regret not buying it sooner I was watching it for a long time.biggrin.gif
post #576 of 1944
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The only thing I am mad about with the xpa-5 is that I didnt buy one sooner wink.gif btw the black trim kit is cool looking...mine came with custom made silver once (second hand) but am thinking about grabbing the black

Most folks just take the silver trim off and plug the screw holes with black button-head hex screws. Should be able to find them at a Fastenal if you have a store close by. Gives the XPA a very flat and clean look.
post #577 of 1944
How long of a screw?
post #578 of 1944
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How long of a screw?

I don't have an XPA series. I think most folks don't go any longer than the screws they took out but those are silver. You can get really short screws at Fastenal.
post #579 of 1944
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Here is how it works:

You use single RCA interconnects and connect them at the back of you AVR preout (one for the right front channel, one for the left front channel, etc.). Then you connect the other end of the RCA interconnect to the each of the XPA-5 RCA inputs.

So, you have the AVR sending the audio signals to the XPA-5.

Next step, you need to run the speaker wires from the XPA-5 to each speaker. You hook first the speaker wire to your XPA-5 positive and negative (red/black) and the other end to your speaker's posts (red/black).

I hope this helps!

Thanks! I did not get this at the first reading, but a lot of discussion (and fight among members), I got it. thanks again!



thats not very clear CR...

avr pre out (front left) by rca cable to amp rca in put.. the front left speaker wire must be connected here at that rca input eh....... to hear the left front speak eh.. otherwise the fl speak with be connected to another avr pre out eh..
post #580 of 1944
think i have a chance to talk them into a sale at the sale price tomorrow with a hard luck storey? my computer crashed with a bad trojan which took about a week to fix i just got it back..

im not paying full price ... will have to wait for another christmas sale... i never pay full price..

cheers

im on my 13 speaker set up in 6 weeks now.. .. the store hates me..
post #581 of 1944
Did your phone crash also? With how wired in we are today, that is a poor excuse if you ask me. They ran he sale for over a month. Not trying to be rude but I would just shoot them straight. I am sure they will let you still get the discount, they seem like good people. Got my sipping conformation today. I am pumped!

I do hope they help you out BTW:)
post #582 of 1944
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Originally Posted by K5/SS View Post

Did your phone crash also? With how wired in we are today, that is a poor excuse if you ask me. They ran he sale for over a month. Not trying to be rude but I would just shoot them straight. I am sure they will let you still get the discount, they seem like good people. Got my sipping conformation today. I am pumped!

I do hope they help you out BTW:)
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Originally Posted by deltadube View Post

think i have a chance to talk them into a sale at the sale price tomorrow with a hard luck storey? my computer crashed with a bad trojan which took about a week to fix i just got it back..

im not paying full price ... will have to wait for another christmas sale... i never pay full price..

cheers

im on my 13 speaker set up in 6 weeks now.. .. the store hates me..


psss just to let you know i only have one computer was hoping they would have fixed it sooner my home phone was still working yes.. but no phone number to call the people with
sure i guess i could have gone to a libarary or something but i didnt... to much work for me.. im a bit handicapped and have a hard time walking...

dam trojan got me really..

oh well maybe my high power is telling me to waite for the nexts sale.. just cant crank up my speakers with my denon 3313ci last time they got smoked.... need a bit more power to listen to the
loud music with out distortion... set my limiter to -20db this week to let em break in the -10 db next week... and no higher until i get some power..

cheers...
post #583 of 1944
I am sure they will work with you. Again, I am rooting for you.

Quick question. Why are you on your 13th speaker setup in 6 weeks?
post #584 of 1944
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Originally Posted by K5/SS View Post

I am sure they will work with you. Again, I am rooting for you.

Quick question. Why are you on your 13th speaker setup in 6 weeks?

wow thats a long story... but my 1st pair of veritas started smoking.. so i took em back along with the denon avr 3313ci.. after the smoking they still sounded great.. but smelt bad heavey kinda of electrical
burnt insulation smell.. i think the avr clipped at about -5 db just for a minute with 80 hz cross over to the sub.. which sounds weak. in performance.. didnt hear it.. but smelt it.. might have been the avr was really hot..

in the store with the floor models the sales rep and i had the 6.3 up to +6db with a 130 watt pioneer ... had over 100 hrs of break in on them.. i like the sound.. would have to spend lots more up here
in canada to beat it..

had to waite and waite for speakers so i bought some 5 rc 70 on sale but after a week said these speakers suck big time.. the veritas 6.3 are way better.. and i got em for a great price in canada

im just a beer budget guy with fine champagne tastes... living on a disabilatie pension.. so i took all 5 back then got 2 more veritas for the old sale price but one was damaged a bit when it arrived
so i took it back and just got the new one.. so i guess it only 11 with the sub and 2 avrs..

so this lead me to amps and power clipping etc to emotiva eh...

just feel it would be safer to have more power for my stuff.....

and have taj mahal playing in my living room smile.gif

cheers
post #585 of 1944
Fed Ex called today. My amp is coming tomorrow looks like I may not be getting much sleep tonight.
post #586 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

Fed Ex called today. My amp is coming tomorrow looks like I may not be getting much sleep tonight.

got your cables ready?

lucky dude..

cheers
post #587 of 1944
Cables are coming with the amp. 2 meter Emotiva RCA. 5 of them.
post #588 of 1944
Got my amp but not sure how to connect the channel cables since nothing says left right center etc on my Integra dtr40.3.
post #589 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

Got my amp but not sure how to connect the channel cables since nothing says left right center etc on my Integra dtr40.3.

The back of your avr has preouts. White and red are for the fronts, the center is for the center and you have rear next to the center. You put your rca from those inputs to the amp matching the same ones (Lf, RF, etc).

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post #590 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

Got my amp but not sure how to connect the channel cables since nothing says left right center etc on my Integra dtr40.3.

Congrats on the amp!

If you look at the speaker connectors on your receiver they are color coded as follows:

Red = Front Right
White = Front Left

Now, look at the pre-outs and you will see the same colors. So, you will have to use the red pre-out for the Front Right speakers and the white for the left.

For the center you will need to use the pre-out in that funky green.........so on and so forth.

Report back!
post #591 of 1944
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Got my amp but not sure how to connect the channel cables since nothing says left right center etc on my Integra dtr40.3.

Directly above the front left speaker output.
post #592 of 1944
Thanks so much. Got it.

I don't notice a difference in quality except the amp is slightly louder at the same vol as the receiver.
post #593 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

Thanks so much. Got it.

I don't notice a difference in quality except the amp is slightly louder at the same vol as the receiver.

did you mean the speakers are a bit louder at the same vol level on the avr with the amp hooked up?

no difference in the clarity imaging quality of the sound at all?

the avr will run alot cooler at high volumes now tho ...
and you have the extra power to crank it up before clipping will occur..

did you try cranking it up yet?

cheers...
post #594 of 1944
I did turn it up a bit playing the cd. Yaz. Vince Clark and Allison moyet. The sound was a tiny bit louder from the amp. Receiver amp not as loud. Level at 60.
I couldn't tell a difference between the amp or Integra. Just vol was bit louder on XPA.
I never play that loud so I'm not interested in vol. just quality.
post #595 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

I did turn it up a bit playing the cd. Yaz. Vince Clark and Allison moyet. The sound was a tiny bit louder from the amp. Receiver amp not as loud. Level at 60.
I couldn't tell a difference between the amp or Integra. Just vol was bit louder on XPA.
I never play that loud so I'm not interested in vol. just quality.

so in your opinion no sound quality improvement by adding the emotiva amp to the integra.. ive never heard or listen to an integra amp before but i assume its a high quality product.. as ive read
speaker reviewers use it sometimes..

im interested in the amp to stop clipping and keep my denon running cooler when i crank it up a bit from time to time.. hoping for a bit of sonic nirvana by using as well... at the emotiva
website they do suggest this might happen under the product descriptions.. perhaps it will have a better improvement for me as my denon 3313 avr is just a mid level product...?

thanks for your opinions.

cheers..
post #596 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Brian Fineberg View Post

How long of a screw?


personally i do love a longer screw lol

cheers
post #597 of 1944
Ya there's not much audible difference between the Integra dtr 40.3 and the XPA-5 that I can hear. Integra does have pretty good sound though. Reviewers have used them and their processors a lot. Good brand. The only way I notice a difference is that using the XPA-5 is a bit louder then the Integra amp. So the Integra vol is set to 60. Speakers connected to Integra. It's loud. Keep the vol at 60 and connect the XPA-5 amp. Connect speakers to XPA. Sound is a tiny bit louder but overall sounds similar. So close I can't tell a difference.

If I played at loud vol I would possibly keep the amp because it does take off that load from the Integra. But I don't do loud.
post #598 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

Got my amp but not sure how to connect the channel cables since nothing says left right center etc on my Integra dtr40.3.

 

This is the back of the 40.3 as shown in the manual. The preouts are marked right, left etc. Connect to the Emo amp, for example, right to amp input 1, centre to amp input 2, left to am input 3.

 

 

 

 

Click the image to make it larger.  LEFT are on the top row, RIGHT are on the bottom row. CENTRE doesn't have a L or R of course and is on the bottom row.

post #599 of 1944
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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

I did turn it up a bit playing the cd. Yaz. Vince Clark and Allison moyet. The sound was a tiny bit louder from the amp. Receiver amp not as loud. Level at 60.
I couldn't tell a difference between the amp or Integra. Just vol was bit louder on XPA.
I never play that loud so I'm not interested in vol. just quality.

 

If your Integra is capable of driving your speakers to the SPL you require, without clipping, you won't hear any audible difference between the Emotiva amp and the Integra amp. Both are well-designed amps and if working within their design limits (as yours are) they will sound identical. All that amps do is pass a signal undistorted and make it louder. Any competent amp these days can do that.

post #600 of 1944
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Originally Posted by deltadube View Post

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Originally Posted by buggs1a View Post

I did turn it up a bit playing the cd. Yaz. Vince Clark and Allison moyet. The sound was a tiny bit louder from the amp. Receiver amp not as loud. Level at 60.
I couldn't tell a difference between the amp or Integra. Just vol was bit louder on XPA.
I never play that loud so I'm not interested in vol. just quality.

so in your opinion no sound quality improvement by adding the emotiva amp to the integra.. ive never heard or listen to an integra amp before but i assume its a high quality product.. as ive read
speaker reviewers use it sometimes..

im interested in the amp to stop clipping and keep my denon running cooler when i crank it up a bit from time to time.. hoping for a bit of sonic nirvana by using as well... at the emotiva
website they do suggest this might happen under the product descriptions.. perhaps it will have a better improvement for me as my denon 3313 avr is just a mid level product...?

thanks for your opinions.

cheers..

 

Yes, if your current amp cannot drive your speakers properly without clipping, then it lacks the power you need and an amp upgrade to a more powerful amp will make a difference. In buggs1a's case, he isn’t clipping the Integra with his speakers and SPL so he won't hear any difference at all.

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