I like to share this with those among us considering external power amps.
I’m temporarily testing for a friend of mine the $499 Emotiva UPA-700 Seven-Channel Power Amplifier as seen on the bottom of my rack. I’m using my Denon AVR 4520ci as a preamp only. I had to remove my 2 channel MX-1 amp in order to make room for the Emotiva.
Rated at an honest 80watts@8ohms, 100watts@4ohms times 7channels; this amp is remarkably tight, clean and dynamic. I’m amazed that even in the preamp configuration; the 4520 is still running about three times warmer than the UPA-700. It is obvious the 80watts/Emotiva is more pronounced than the 150watts/Denon. As a matter of fact, I’m tempted to buy the 200/300watt XPA-5 for keeps.
I’m still waiting for the UMC-200 to show up before I can a final judgment. I’m very curious about any hiss noise and its ability to perform accurate room equalization.
I’ll keep you informed…