Originally Posted by burts
I bought a xpa 5 and i couLdnt justify spending more for the same wattage as the emotiva. Quality is very good so far, too me all amps with equal wattage sound the same.
I dont like all of emotivas warranty procedures though, they should pay all the shipping
I have no dog in this hunt. But
, in the interest of honestly & objectively
comparing the 2 products, I'll post this info. Set aside the China vs US made argument, here's what your extra $800 buys you with the Outlaw/ATI:
Power transister output devices per channel:
Outlaw 7500 - 12
Emotiva XPA5 - 6
Total Capacitor Capacity:
Outlaw 7500 - 150,000 mf
Emotiva XPA5 - 60,000 mf
Power Transformer (Power Supply) Capacity:
Outlaw 7500 - 2 X 1.6 kVA
(3200 kVA) torroidal with independent windings per channel so acts more like monoblocks
Emotiva XPA5 - 1 X 1.2 kVA
"In an independent review the 7500 was bench tested to 240wpc all channels simultaneously driven at Outlaws .03% rated THD at an 8ohm load."
You don't get something for nothing applies
Is the Emotiva a good value?
- Depending on one's needs, yes it can be.
Is it equal in max performance to amps like Outlaw 7500, Parasound A51, etc?
Double the output devices means less likely to blow fuse, overheat, blow power transistors, and more capable of providing clean output power.
> 2.5 times the total power capacity (both transformer + capacitors) means far more
capable of delivering rated power (or more) to all channels driven simultaneously at lower distortion
& greater S/N ratio.
There is NO comparison...the Outlaw is in a completely different league than the Emotiva & should be compared to $3000-4500 competitive amps like Parasound. If the XPA5 is "worth" $800, the Outlaw is very much worth $1600.
For my money, I'd buy the Outlaw or the ATI equivalent in a nano-second over the budget & less capable Emotiva.
Time for the Emo fanboys to start posting their glowing accolades
I have nothing against Emotiva, in fact I'd seriously consider their XPA1 & XPA2. But I don't kid myself that the XPA5 can do the same job with the same
transformer as the monoblock & 2 channel versions plus handicapped with far less capacitance on tap.