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Better upgrade? XPA-5 or Oppo Blu ray player 103

post #1 of 11
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Question....looking at my setup which would give me more of a benefit. they both will run me about 500$

TV panny 65vt30
Onkyo 809
PS3 Bluray

PSB B6 L/R C5 center
Klipsch RS41ii
svs pb12

I am intreagued by a seperate amp, but will I notice a difference?

my room is about 2000 Cubic ft
I listen from -10 up to reference (also lower late at night) I am 75/25 movies/music

thanks ahead of time!
post #2 of 11
Well the Oppo will give you better picture quality on SD-DVDs, and the Emotiva will take your sound system to a new level, Emotiva easily(I have both smile.gif ).
post #3 of 11
I too have both... smile.gif Don't know how much you'll notice from either. Given the choice, I'd probably go with the amp, and any relatively inexpensive BD player. The Oppo is great, and has some unique features which is why I have one in my theater, but if you're not using those features, you'll get good results from any player. The PS3 is certainly still a very capable player - I'd upgrade only if you'd like to more easily use a universal remote, or want to access some Internet content apps that aren't available on the PS3 (are there any?).

I upgraded an old, well-respected B&K amp to an Emotiva UPA5 and was surprised by the sound quality "difference". Whether you'd see a dramatic difference or not is hard to say. Although if you're going to spend $500 on an amp, that's the best bang for your buck, and well, you'll hear a difference whether there is one or not. wink.gif

Jeff
post #4 of 11
I gotta say, there is a LOT of placebo effect in audio, but the Emotiva amps at least yield a major upgrade in audio, I run the Klipsch RF-7 speakers with mine, I thought they sounded amazing through my old Denon 3806, I was skeptical and only tried the Emotiva with the return policy in mind. However with the Emotiva, the sound became more forceful and transparent. I can't recommend it highly enough.
post #5 of 11
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I was skeptical and only tried the Emotiva with the return policy in mind.

THAT is a very good, important point to consider!
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However with the Emotiva, the sound became more forceful and transparent. I can't recommend it highly enough.

I had the same experience.

Jeff
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I went with the emotiva.

What a great choice! Sound is soooo crystal clear without sounding thin!! What an awesome peice of equipment!!!
post #7 of 11
Awesome! You have just stepped into a larger world my friend. biggrin.gif
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Sure have. I'm pretty pissed I didn't get one sooner!!
post #9 of 11
Hehe I know the feeling, now you have to watch everything again right? Soon you'll be looking into better speakers. biggrin.gif
post #10 of 11
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Hehe I know the feeling, now you have to watch everything again right? Soon you'll be looking into better speakers. biggrin.gif

It's a sickness. American Express is a treatment, but not a cure... tongue.gif
post #11 of 11
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Hehe I know the feeling, now you have to watch everything again right?

Same here. It's like I have a whole new movie collection after adding an Emotiva amp. At 1900 titles though, it might take me a while to watch them all again.
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