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Anthem PVA 5 OR Emotiva XPA-5

post #1 of 16
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Not to sure which direction to go in. I'm going to get one of the two this weekend.

Will be used to drive Monitor Audio RX6's, RXLCR, RX1's. I'm using a Paradigm DSP-3400 for a sub. Not a huge room 10' x 22' using mostly for HT.

Any thoughts Would be appreciated.
post #2 of 16
I guess prices are similar? In that case, the XPA-5 because it has more continuous rated power. Admittedly, the Anthem could be rated more conservatively making the difference in power less significant.

Both companies have a good rep for amps. Anthem might be viewed as "higher end." But the only way to find out if you will be happy is to order an amp, as both purchases should have a refund policy.
post #3 of 16
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The XPA-5 is 100 bucks more with warranty. The PVA 5 is 5 years old and out of warranty.
post #4 of 16
Hello,
I would definitely go with the Emotiva as well for the reasons stated above.
I really cannot think of one advantage of the PVA-5.

Now if you were looking at a Parasound HCA-2205AT or Aragon 8008x5, it would be another story as those Amplifiers are more powerful than the XPA-5.
Cheers,
AD
post #5 of 16
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I'm not sure more power will make a real world difference with my set up. My speakers are easy to drive and the sub handle's the bass. I guess i'm looking for which one is better quallity and will last the longest. Which i think is the Anthem, but i don't know much about Emotiva quallity......other then the UMC-1 fiasco.
post #6 of 16
Five year warranty and $800 for the XPA-5?

Lots of electronics don't have that kind of warranty. If you had to replace it after five years, it would be a better deal than many electronic items I have bought with 90 day warranties than fail after two years.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by MichaelJHuman View Post

Five year warranty and $800 for the XPA-5?

Lots of electronics don't have that kind of warranty. If you had to replace it after five years, it would be a better deal than many electronic items I have bought with 90 day warranties than fail after two years.

Good point. But take into account that here in Canada, we pay for shipping both way's to Emotiva if the amp fails. Or Emotiva will send me the replacement parts and i'm on the hook for a local tech to repair it.
post #8 of 16
Sounds like you had your mind made up before you asked the question.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by tcfish19 View Post

Sounds like you had your mind made up before you asked the question.

Well sorry. I thought the way Emotiva handled the warranty up here would be relevant to the discussion......silly me
post #10 of 16
Yes my point exactly!! If you had read what you have written you would realize how silly you sound and just go get the Anthem.
post #11 of 16
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If you think i should get the Anthem.....i'm going to buy the Emotiva.

Thanks for making my choice an easy one.
post #12 of 16
You're Welcome!!
post #13 of 16
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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by PSBMAN View Post

Good point. But take into account that here in Canada, we pay for shipping both way's to Emotiva if the amp fails. Or Emotiva will send me the replacement parts and i'm on the hook for a local tech to repair it.

Get the PVA7 that's on Audiogon - since you're in TO you can just go down the street to Anthem if anything goes wrong with it LOL!

Plus with the PVA7 you can bi-amp your mains.

All kidding aside, the PVA is a highly regarded amp for music but that's not comon knowledge.
post #15 of 16
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I always thought so too, but as i'm more of a movie watcher these day's, i don't think i'd be able to appreciate the Sound of the PVA 5. Although i'm able to use my SACD's now that i've got an Oppo BDP-83. I sold my Pioneer Elite 59avi long ago.

I'm sure the 105w/channel of the Anthem would be enough for my RX6's.
post #16 of 16
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Deal for the XPA-5 fell through.....so i picked up an XPA-3 instead. No difference in Sound, but i'm happy to take most of the load off the Onkyo TX-SR805.
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