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Xpa-200 stereo power amplifier

Pros and Cons??????

I am very weary of going with Emotiva, anyone have a positive story to relay?

Anyone own this model?

Has this been on sales previous for $399? (it's now $499)

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"Leery"? Why not just get a different amp, like a pro amp, if you do not trust Emotiva? And yes it has been on sale recently. Probably not again until later this year for their Holiday Sale. I have not heard the XPA-200 and wonder how much of a boost (if any) it would be over a decent AVR's amplifiers, though if you have lower-sensitivity 4-ohm speakers and like it loud it could benefit.

Edit for disclosure: I do own a number of Emotiva products (XPA-2, XPA-3, XPA-5, XMC-1, various accessory items) and am generally pleased with them. No problems with any of the power amps.

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I am very weary of going with Emotiva, anyone have a positive story to relay?
I haven't bought a power amp from them, but my XDA-2 has excellent build quality, lots of thoughtful features and a remote that's built like a tank.

The XPA-200 is one of a rapidly diminishing number of power amps that use traditional Class AB design that has been time tested and most refined over the years. That makes for a relatively big, heavy and costly power amp, but IMO the benefit is worth the sacrifice. If I hadn't gone with powered speakers, I'd probably have an XPA amp right now.

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Owner of an XPA-3 and previously an XPA-2. Nothing but good things to say. If you are concerned regarding power then consider the XPA-2 as that definitely has more to it than the XPA-200.

What is your usage going to be? If you have a strong AVR then I don't see the XPA-200 providing much of a bang.
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"Leery"? Why not just get a different amp,
because it's cheap.

This is for a 3rd system where I experiment. If it's a know problem as many Emotiva products have been I'd avoid it. If it's a solid amp, for them, I'd go with it.

thanks for the reply

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I haven't bought a power amp from them, but my XDA-2 has excellent build quality, lots of thoughtful features and a remote that's built like a tank.

The XPA-200 is one of a rapidly diminishing number of power amps that use traditional Class AB design that has been time tested and most refined over the years. That makes for a relatively big, heavy and costly power amp, but IMO the benefit is worth the sacrifice. If I hadn't gone with powered speakers, I'd probably have an XPA amp right now.

Hope that helps a little.
Seems it's really a [email protected]/[email protected] amp if rated as the better amp rate their products.

Still, this meets my minimun requirements for this system.

I don't like that it has no sensor turn on. Have to use a trigger wire.

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Owner of an XPA-3 and previously an XPA-2. Nothing but good things to say. If you are concerned regarding power then consider the XPA-2 as that definitely has more to it than the XPA-200.

What is your usage going to be? If you have a strong AVR then I don't see the XPA-200 providing much of a bang.
I am just gonna use it as a simple two channel set up. Running everything into an Oppo 103 or 105, depending on which system I decide to put it in. Then from the 105 (as a pre) direct to it or to a pre amp to it. (HA-1)

I have options to play with. After all, it's a hobby not anything I need.

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The little Fusion amp from Emotiva has auto-on if you want to try that... It was on sale over Labor Day, not sure you can still get the sale price.

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I would not touch them
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I would not touch them
why?

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I am just gonna use it as a simple two channel set up. Running everything into an Oppo 103 or 105, depending on which system I decide to put it in. Then from the 105 (as a pre) direct to it or to a pre amp to it. (HA-1)

I have options to play with. After all, it's a hobby not anything I need.
Well, I waited and got the thing when it went to the $400 price again a couple weeks ago.

It really did not work out as I was going to use it BUT has worked great in another application.

The OPPO could not drive th sub when used as a pre and the lack of trigger from the OPPO to the amp made it not worth any more effort.

So, I threw it in another system and am very happy.

So far so good.

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