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Originally Posted by penngray /forum/post/15483473
Question though, Why not just the XPA-3 for the main speakers and something smaller for the surrounds that seldom need that much power?
Originally Posted by TPnBobcats /forum/post/15484147
The XPA-2 does have the LED Power level meters, but there isn't much of a functional difference between a XPA-2/3 combo and the XPA-5. The XPA-2 does double power into 4 ohm speakers though, so it might be a better choice if you have some truly power hungry speakers like electrostatics.
You might want to consider the MPS-2 (x7 200 wpc) if you are looking at a XPA-2/3 combo though. Price isn't much higher and it will take up significantly less space.
Of course the UPA-7 is on sale for just $550. While it isn't the most powerful amp around there's been a number of people raving about it and at least one of them was using electrostatic speakers, which are quite power hungry.
Originally Posted by mrted46 /forum/post/15484653
I guess another option would be to get a XPA-3 (Mains) and a UPA-7 (Rears and Surrounds). Then I will use my Onkyo 876 100% as a pre/pro.