Originally Posted by RichB
After using them for a while, which do you prefer the XPA-1 or the XPR-5?
That's a very cruel question! I love both my children...
They're in different sets ofcourse. I always thought the B&W CMC centre speaker was the weak link in my 5.1. But it seems all it needed (being a mediocre 87 dB/Watt efficient) was a powerful amp. Enter the XPR-5! But probably a XPA-5 would have caused a similar improvement. With the XPR-5, the LED's from the center channel are usually the only ones moving. But with Red Tails (Blu-ray), they all moved, and they moved a lot. This set is now transformed (with a UMC-1, coming from a Yamaha RX-V2700). Especially male voices are now sounding like men, not boys!
But this doesn't tell you which I prefer. Let me put it this way: I will never replace the XPA-1 powering the Jamo R909's. But if a thief (oké, two thieves
) stole my amps, I'd probably get a XPR-2. It looks cool and takes up less space. The XPA's are more modest looking. I will probably even remove the trims and insert little screws that don't stick out for that extra stealth look.