Originally Posted by LVS
don't want to derail your thread but can you comment on this improving the perceived sound quality over the internal amps by using the XPA-5? I was thinking of doing something similar with Denon 3312 but just did not think it improve sound quality. However, I am have never been that impressed with the Denon Amps and my perception is they are a bit dull or much less open than a previous Rotel setup I had. I got away from separates because of the ease but could tell an immediate difference however this was a few years ago and thought maybe receiver amps had closed the gap on separates.
Hi, the main reason for getting the amplifier, is because I am ordering speakers as well, which have a 4-ohm impeadance. According to my communication with Denon, they do NOT recommend driving the 4311 with five or seven channels driven with 4-ohm speakers, due to possible damage to the amplifier. Below was their reply:
"The 4311 is rated for 4 ohms at a 2 channel driven spec only. If all 5 or 7 speakers are 4 ohm rated, then I wouldn't recommend it as you could damage the output transformer, capacitors, or transistors in the amp."
I have NOT heard the 4311 alone with the speakers, as I am about to order them as well, but got the amplifier for peace of mind and of course for the added power output, clarity, etc... Not to mention, that you cannot beat getting an Emotiva XPA-5 now on sale for $769.00 shipped with no tax outside of their state, so it was almost a no brainer after much debate:)