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Emotiva XPA-2 or XPA-5

post #1 of 10
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I use my system mainly for home theater use. I am looking to get more out of my sister. Which amp would you recommend starting with, the xpa-2 or xpa5? I plan to get both at some point and upgrade to a 7.1, but if you could choose just one now what would it be?

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post #2 of 10
I don't think you are going to gain anything by getting dedicated amplifiers for all channels with the gear you already have. The only speakers that might benefit from dedicated amplification are your front mains. If you use an 80hz crossover for the mains then I don't think an XPA-2 would make much of an improvement. If you listened to music a lot and crossed the mains over lower then it might be something to consider. One thing I would consider is your subwoofer. You main gain more by investing in a better subwoofer or going with multiple subwoofers. There are a few questions you need to answer first. Why do you think you need more power with the current set up? How large is your room and how loud do you listen? I currently own an XPA-5 and a pair of XPA-1's. I used to own an XPA-2. They're nice amplifiers.
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Thank you for your advice. If I had a budget of 1,000 what subwoofer would you recommend? The room is 14ft by 18ft. I don't necessarily like to listen too loud often, but I want legit bass that will shake the floor. Any advice?
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Thank you for your advice. If I had a budget of 1,000 what subwoofer would you recommend? The room is 14ft by 18ft. I don't necessarily like to listen too loud often, but I want legit bass that will shake the floornwhen watching movies. Any advice?
post #5 of 10
There's a lot of choices for subwoofers. Bic has some good performing affordable subs. SVS and HSU also have nice subwoofers. There are also more good brands of subs, you can find a lot of good information in the subwoofer forum.
post #6 of 10
In that price range check out http://www.powersoundaudio.com/ . Power Sound Audio is a new company by Ex SVS employees. You can email Tom at the online web site. He is the owner and can answer questions related to your particular setup. I just got the XV-15. It provides excellent sound. I paired it with the Velodyne DLS 4000R. Tom is known to answer email personally and quickly.
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In that price range check out http://www.powersoundaudio.com/ . Power Sound Audio is a new company by Ex SVS employees. You can email Tom at the online web site. He is the owner and can answer questions related to your particular setup. I just got the XV-15. It provides excellent sound. I paired it with the Velodyne DLS 4000R. Tom is known to answer email personally and quickly.

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post #8 of 10
+2 on checking out the XV-15 from Power Sound Audio.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Scott Andersen View Post

Thank you for your advice. If I had a budget of 1,000 what subwoofer would you recommend? The room is 14ft by 18ft. I don't necessarily like to listen too loud often, but I want legit bass that will shake the floor. Any advice?

Powersound is a good option. The XV-15 for $799 shipped is a good deal. I personally, would look at the hsu VTF-15H, It will cost around $1,040 with shipping for the standard black one. For $100 more, you can get rosewood.
post #10 of 10
Rythmik also makes excellent subs for around $1k...
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