Originally Posted by Bill Mac
Sometimes you do not have to spend a fortune to get great speakers. If you feel your speakers are lacking I would upgrade them first before buying amps such as the XPA-1L. In my experience amp changes have yielded minimal to no improvement in SQ
. But I've experienced some very nice SQ improvements with speaker upgrades.
It all depends on what amp(s) you start with and what amp(s) you move to.
I could definitely tell the difference in my system when I switched from my Hugh Dean designed amp, think Aksa, 100 wpc amp to the XPA-1Ls in A/B mode.
Nothing deficient with the current amp except it's designed for different speakers, listening preference(music) and smaller rooms.
The Emotive had much better bass response\presence. The leading edge of transients were what really impressed me.
I can also turn the system up to fun levels, rock out and everything is clean.
I'm sure the XPA-1s or similarly powerful amps would be much the same but I don't want ginormous amps in my living room.
In a power amp I basically I look for a powerful power supply, lots of capacitance and lots of transistors.
While that alone guarantees nothing, without it it ain't gonna happen.
An SS amp designed to operate in true Class A mode must have certain capacities and abilities, imo.
The quality of the components absolutely matters and amp designers, regardless of the mode of operation achieve their ends in different ways.
I'm not so patiently awaiting a properly functioning XPA-1L so I can decide for myself, with my system and the music I listen to what the end result is.
What I'm really waiting for is how the mids and upper-end are conveyed.