Emotiva XPA-2 Two Channel Amplifier Review
- Product Name: Emotiva XPA-2 2-Channel Amplifier
- Manufacturer: Emotiva
- Performance Rating:
- Value Rating:
- Review Date: October 15, 2008 18:25
- MSRP: $ 799
Number of channels: 2
Amplifier Class: Short signal path A/B
Output design: Triple Darlington with ON semiconductor output stages
Differential Drive: Dual Differential input
Types of inputs: Both Balanced (XLR) and Un-balanced (RCA)
Type of outputs: 5 way binding post
Display type: Digital VU meters
Metering: 14) Blue LEDS and 1) red per channel
Power output: 250 watts RMS/ channel into 8 ohms, 500 watts RMS/ channel into 4 ohms and 1,000 watts RMS bridged.
THD+N at rated power output: 0.007%
S/N ratio: >100db
Frequency response: 10 to 120Khz (-3db) and 20 to 20 (with less than .15db deviation)
Gain structure: 32db
Transformer size: 1600va mounted in a super structure
Secondary capacitance: 120,000uF
Massive aluminum heat sinks running the length of the amp ensure cool operation and amp longevity
Weight: Approximately 75 pounds
Retail price: $799.00
17” W x 7.75” H x 19” D
- Ungodly power reserves (beats published specs)
- Bridgeable at this price?
- Runs extremely cool
- Superb value
- Retro 1980’s Era LED’s
- Makes it hard to justify more expensive amplifier purchases
No, the XPA-2 doesnt treat my music with the kid gloves that my much more expensive $7k Denon POA-A1HDCI amplifier is able to do, but it shares many of its sonic virtues while also besting it in sheer output power.
Just out of curiosity I read this review recently, since I'm in the amplifier market right now. The quote above fascinated me. Gene, do you believe that there are audible differences between well-designed amplifiers performing within their specifications?
I agree that an input sensitivity switch would make sense, I see no value in reaching 100% amplifier output with the volume at 50% when using a decent pre/pro. In fact I would prefer the more precise control the volume would allow with a lower gain amp.
It sounded cleaner to me. Same speakers in the same positon at the same time in an A/B switching.
There was also other members at my GTG where Emotiva brought the gear to my home. Might want to PM them and ask. Here's the link to my meet thread:
I appreciate your help majorloser (and everyone else). Out of curiosity though, is AB really "much perferred to audiophiles" over H. Or at least any more than A is over AB? Interesting their "reference series" would be H and their "power series" be AB.
More digging has brought up another general statement: analog (RPA-2) v. digital (XPA-2) preferences which would echo some of the other statements. Though I question how much of this is experience and how much repeating.
I think I'm most confused by the XPA-2 being "more transparent" and the RPA-2 having "lower distortion" ... course I may be misinterpreting here.