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Shop Processors Shop. The XPA-1Ls did a great overall job of handling this track. Rather, instruments remained clean and maintained a sense of their tonal quality and weight no matter how loud I turned up the volume.
Perhaps my favorite sessions were listening to the XPA-1Ls with more intimate musical tracks. They continued to drive the Revels, but were crossed at 60Hz to the dual subs. Action sequences from Man of Steel on Blu-ray had superb dynamics. The sound was bold, open, yet always under control. Guardians of the Galaxy was presented in an incredibly spacious soundstage that was deep, stable and always filled with exceptional detail. Scenes from Captain America: Winter Soldier were enthralling.
The opening scene on the cargo ship is filled with pinpoint, detailed audio and not once did I feel that the Emotivas failed to feed the Revels. Lord of the Rings: Two Towers was perhaps the example where the Emotivas shined most. The cinematic energy and clarity of the entire soundstage was reference-level. The XPA-1Ls were able to give the Revels the power and control they needed to sound like the reference speakers they are. Whether it was recreating a musical experience or taming the demands of lossless movie tracks, the Emotiva XPA-1Ls did an admirable job no matter what source material was thrown their way.
Budget-minded audiophiles will want to know how the XPA-1L stacks up to other brands. Sonically speaking, however, the Emotivas did a pretty good job. While aural memory is a dangerous thing, my impression when comparing the two is the Ayre VX-5 sounded better but lacked the low-end dynamics of the Emotiva.
The Ayre is more only a wpc amp vs. If I had to choose between the two, I would still choose the more expensive Ayre. I felt that it simply had a sweeter overall sound that came from a blacker background. Having good, clean, and adequate amplification can bring your loudspeakers to life, recreating the sensation of a real performance.
For more expensive or difficult to drive loudspeakers, amplifier performance is even more critical. You may find them to be very satisfying. I did. With their specs at this price-point, they are incredibly inexpensive, but I balk at calling them a great value.
Am I glad that I kept the Emotivas? You bet. Not once have I experienced a quirk, oddity, or failure. They can range from weeks to perhaps a month or two. I think it speaks for itself when a reviewer choses to purchase the equipment they have reviewed and then has a product in their rack for years.
To that end and with the benefit of perspective not to mention a few more Emotiva purchases , I need to amend my earlier impressions. Not only are these amps inexpensive, but I have also found them to be a really great value too.
Thanks for the review, but it begs the question: Is there such a thing as a value "audiophile" product? You review gives the impression that there is no such thing. By the way I am a "poor" discerning audiophile. Maelob, you make a fair point. I think that a value will depend on values. So for me personally, performance, materials, build, and aesthetics all form part of what I consider an audiophile value.
There is a caveat, though. In general better performing equipment has less features—in referring specifically to receivers and pre-pros.
The higher up you go the less gimmicks. I haven't yet had in house the top of the line Emotiva amps. Upgrade Gear with our Trade-In Program. Sign up for our newsletter and receive the latest news first. Stay in the know and get the latest promotions and product announcements. You may also need one of these:. Close search. Filter Clear. Desire to learn and share knowledge of science required as is 20 years of participation in forums not all true.
If I remember the review correctly it's absolutely distortion free until it shuts itself off. So you're free to try to turn your bookshelf speakers into PA speakers. I bet your hearing or the speakers will give in before the AHB2.
This is huge and way above anything you'd ever need. For reference, at about 85 dbSPL it starts getting unconfortable when listening for several minutes. Last edited: Jul 19, Rottmannash Major Contributor Forum Donor. Jul 19, They're in Tennessee- maybe too close to the Jack Daniels plant? PeteL said:. Why Intentional? I'd say an acceptable compromise in their views, It may sound quite alright for most, These THD would have been alright 40 years ago but an amp that powerful would have been the cost of a car, would heat your whole house in the winter and would need 4 people to lift.
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