Originally Posted by bigwally
I like those Emotiva monoblocks you're using. Seems I'm becoming a bigger fan of Emotiva stuff by the minute. I already had a XPA-2 amp but I added an XSP-1 stereo preamp yesterday and that thing's amazing. I'm not one to find meaningful differences in sound between competently designed SS components, particularly compared to who engineered and produced the music I'm hearing, what mikes they used and so forth, but the functionality of this thing is amazing and the sound is as the impressive specs would suggest. The HF and LF trim feature makes up for non-linear cartridges in my collection and helps with sketchy pressings well enough for me to ditch the clunky EQ I'd been using for vinyl, and the stereo subwoofer outputs w/bass management are just what the doctor ordered. At the risk of sounding even more heretical I don't see too big a deal with balanced architecture outside of a studio where 50 ft runs are common, but it's nice to see nonetheless.
I met Dan Laufman many years ago through an industry friend when Emotiva was going through tough growing pains, but he's really hit his stride. Super nice guy, the kind you want to see do well for himself and his team.
I'm going to a friend's place this weekend who just switched out an all Halo electronics set for an all Emotiva set.
3 XPR-1s, the new XPA-2 and an XSP-1, yee Gods I hope it doesn't melt the romex.
He has both digital and TT sources.
That's not heretical at all. I know I can't tell any sonic difference between RCA and XLR. I went with XLR for a couple reasons.
All my gear has balanced in\outs, I got those really nice interconnects for dirt cheap and I'm placing my Oppo and Anthem in one part of the room with the amps near the speakers.
Long interconnects, short speaker cables and nothing in between the speakers. Voila
Comfy, I had a pair of Dali Helicon 800s I bought from a friend.
Had 'em for less than 3 months before the whole system was ripped-off.
God bless replacement cost insurance.