All Gen3 amps share the same chassis and high-current switch mode power supply module with multiple power rails for Class H operation. How Much Amplifier Power Does your Home Theater Need? 300 watts at 8 ohms, one channel driven – THD+N = 0.00696%. Thanks for the review! The modular Emotiva XPA Gen3 can be ordered with two to seven channels. All three front-panel lights are activated by the rear-panel on/off rocker switch next to the IEC power-cord socket; above which is an oversize circuit-breaker button and a tiny switch, labeled Status LEDs, for turning off the front-panel eyes/status indicators. Since perfect recreation of sound and video is a goal to be pursued but never attained, Jim derives his pleasure from the journey itself. I recently reviewed the Emotiva XPA Gen3 power amp. ( I just quit Smoking so I'm now a Tobacco Apostate ! CFO (Chief Fun Officer) Nov 25, 2019 #1. So now he's working on the video and surround sound conundrums too. Example: I hypothesize that stepping in front of an oncoming train is dangerous. Now-a-days I like the shinny lights of CHORD stuff and the polished performance of well designed gear. When we finish our basement, I have some fun stuff ready to go, hopefully 2018! The look on the rack is cohesive. The attack and decay of each note was quite natural sounding. One day, O. and I made a little pilgrimage to hear a mutual friend's million-dollar audio system. I think a more likely scenario would be to buy two or more XPA Gen3’s, thereby getting even more power. I consider its modular architecture to be the most important of these features but this modular design is only made possible because of the amp’s high tech power supply. With my growing concerns about the environment, I am always seeking components that use modern technology to reduce waste and power consumption. Current joy in a very small loft is a pair of Infinity Intermezzo 2.6 speakers (300 bucks, used) driven by an SMSL 160 (99 bucks from Amazon) and an Oppo UDP 205. I learned something important that day: Experienced audiophiles will "observe" the same pulsing matrix emanating from the loudspeakersbut each, in his or her own naturally prejudiced way, will notice different things and assign different value to the phenomena they hear. I used the balanced XLR inputs for this review. I first saw these amps at the 2015 Winter CES Show. Budget hi-fi, from the USA: Emotiva's BasX TA-100 isn't quite what at first it seems – however, given what it does, it's hard not to conclude that it's something of a bargain Well, this is rather confusing: look up the Emotiva BasX TA-100, which sells in the UK through Karma Audio Visual for £519, on its US-based manufacturer's website, and you'll find it appears under 'Preamps'. At 2 volts, the B-A peak for the Gen3 came out at -89 dB. In actual use, the Gen3 really floored me. @ mrkaic : Are you asking for specific peer reviewed studies that look at exactly what i wrote...or would pointing you to the IEEE site where you can for yourself search the number of new measurements techniques, methodologies and "tools" created over the last 5, 10, 15 , 20, 30, or 40 years be enough to extrapolate the very essence of my meaning. . "Do studio engineers indulge in auditions to see what distortions they prefer or do they just go for the most accurate gear?". Its audio track meant that the movie really played to the Emotiva XPA Gen3’s strengths. Image focus was tight in the extremeand felt very not real. It's quite powerful, the two-channel version specified to output 300W into 8 ohms, 550W into 4 ohms, or 800W into 2 ohms. More important, I feel certain that Art Dudley and I and O. would all disagree about whether or not the sound had improved. My friend has got an Emotiva Mini X amp, which puts out 50 watts. I loved this amplifier so much that I nominated it for the Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity’s “Bad Ass” Award for 2016. ps. "Measurements matter only when you measure the right stuff, and we haven't figured out all the right stuff to measure yet and likely the right tools haven't even been invented yet". It didn’t disappoint on music, either. And the value price of these amps makes this a very appealing concept. I like the idea that the person paying for the purchase determines the decision criteria. Kudos again to both reviews. man, it is amazing for the price.). He squinted and gave me an annoyed look. I wish O. had been there that dreary, rainy afternoon in late April when I played the title track of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew (LP, Columbia CS 9995). I would never tell him this, but I think O. should smoke a joint before he listens. Proof that a review needs more than a few hours of listening, and how 'peer reviewed' input can assist in breaking bias. Like I mentioned earlier, I was just coming off my review of the Arcam AVR 850 receiver. There are many among us who's budget is Class H, and to find Class B sound at Class H prices is a home run! Bear in mind, these ratings are FTC ratings with all channels driven (RMS, continuous power output). So this test tells you, after a fashion, what distortion artifacts are generated when listening to actual program material. ), (I am playing with an IFi Micro 2, I think it is, for the Michell table. Mono Amp for $699. My M-I-L lives with us and in her apartment is a Yamaha C-4 preamp, M-4 amp, and NS 1000 speakers, with a Marantz SACD player from about 7 years ago. Not only are the images incredibly awesome, but the audio effects were equally enrapturing. You either get your amp configured at the factory or by your authorized dealer. Not only did the Gen3 amp pump it out with no compression, but the extension and force of the waves was nothing short of incredible and it shook my bones unlike anything I’d played in my theater at any other time in the past. An objectivist I think tries to understand this stuff and incorporates that understanding in determining whether the product is worth the money. O. then reminded me that "The system's greatest virtue was its astonishing coherence." One of the albums I enjoyed during the review period was a new release from the guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II. I can fully understand why Emotiva wouldn’t fiddle with such a successful design. Ofcourse listening impressions are the most important as the amps are for listening to music. distorsion is paramount. Together, they made vocal tones and instrumental textures into a pulsing, flowing, sensual delight, and made soundstages and performers' images on them larger and more tangible than they could ever be with a small, stand-mounted speaker.