Originally Posted by shawn784
Had some time today to listen to the studio 2 with emotiva xpa-2
I have found myself listening to more music than i initially had anticipated. I prefer to run them full range for music and am still contemplating on either keeping the xpa-2, bi amping with an additional xpa-2, or exchanging for an xpr-2
Most my listening is in the -10 range but i have had it to 0 for a few minutes to see if the xpa-2 can handle it. On the amplifier around 6 or 7 of the blue dots were lit solid but it never made it to within 2 or 3 of the end. I know that meter is not accurate but if i am correct it should turn red or flash red if you are nearing a clipped signal. I dont plan on doing much listening at reference but it may happen occasionally.
Also i have an xpa-1l for the center channel that i use during movies.
What should i do with the xpa-2? my only concern is if played at reference full range that there is enough power. if the consensus is there is still headroom left at reference with the xpa-2 then i keep it and be happy. if there is a chance of it being over driven then i need to swap it out for a more powerful amp.
any reason to switch the xpa-1l if i decide to exchange the xpa-2? i dont see any reason since its only used for movies and tv.
Shawn, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON BI-AMPING.
IF you have concerns over the XPA-2 and can afford it just get the XPR-2 and be done with it.
Or look at the Emo monoblocks.
You know they require a dedicated 20 amp circuit each to perform at their rating specs, right?
I don't understand your concern over "reference" level and the blue dots.
Reference is just that, a given db level that you calibrate to 0db in your system.
Some set it at 85 or 75. I set mine to 75. Given the dynamics in soundtracks especially that can be really f'ing loud.
I don't think I've ever watched a film at 0db on my pre-pro.
Did you like how the music sounded? What kind of music do you listen to?
Not that my choice should in any way influence yours but I run Studio2s with XPA-1Ls. Sounds great to me.
Personally I let how the system sounds dictate my choices.