Originally Posted by nesto719
So what are the pros and cons of the new design for the gen 3 ?
Well, without having any experience with Emotiva at all, and just based on what I've read about their current / past products, as well as what Emotive is saying about the Gen 3, what I see as a big pro that I believe is one of the features they are banking on, is the upgradability from 2 (?) up to 7 channels, and still delivering decent power with all channels driven.
I like this because while I will not initially need / use a 5 channel set up, I do plan on it at some point - so I could save a few bucks up front and just start with two, maybe three channels and upgrade when needed. The CON to this is my guess is it is more expensive in the long run to upgrade channel by channel, but it'd be nice if one could upgrade without losing too much money on the backside. But we have no info from Emotiva as to how this will be priced (at least not that I've seen), and until then, can't make an any plans. If the upgrade path is too pricey, well, then I just don't know.
Another pro - and only others with Emotiva experience will be able to actually see this as a pro, con, or neither - is that they are incorporating their XPR technology into these amps, from their reference line, is that right? Hey, it sounds like a pro to me, but will it really be one?
Assembled in USA - so maybe better QC / testing before they go out the door? Speculation of course.
CON - More pricey than current XPA, I know a lot of folks have already stated as much. STILL - compared to other amps out there, Emotiva seems like a terrific deal.
What will these things look like?
When will they be released?
I'm sure more details will be forthcoming this week at CES.