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Emotiva XPA-3 3-Channel Power Amplifier

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  • 330 watts x 3 at 4 Ohms; 200 watts x3 at 8 Ohms; all channels driven
  • Engineered for true audiophile-quality sound for both movies and music
  • Balanced and unbalanced inputs standard, with independent switching
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Emotiva Audio
  • Model Number: XPA-3
  • Surround Sound Channel Configuration: 3

Product Description

A three-channel amp? Sure. Add it to your system to power the critical left, center, and right speakers, and let your receiver-or a lower-powered amp-take care of the surrounds. It'll immediately boost the level of realism and dynamics in your home theater, for a more engaging cinematic and musical experience. Wait until the action starts, and hold on! All-New Inside and Out The all-new XPA-3 Gen 2 adds to the performance of our legendary XPA-3, bringing higher output power into 4 ohms, a lower noise floor, and a refined fully discrete, short signal path Class AB topology. What this means is a better experience for both movies and music, with additional detail and resolution to draw you in. We also added solid machined gold plated RCA jacks, high-quality metal toggle switches for input selection, and a more modern design aesthetic, for an amp you'll be proud to show off. Exceptional Power Reserves Like all of our X series amps, the XPA-3 Gen 2 is a brute. When we say 330 watts per channel into 4 ohms, we mean 330 watts per channel, all channels driven-for nearly 1,000 watts of total system power. No caveats, no excuses! Works With Your Current Receiver-Or Additional Amplifiers Now, it's your choice: up the game of your current receiver by adding an XPA-3 Gen 2, or combine this great 3-channel amp with one of our stereo amps for an even more amazing theatrical experience. The XPA-3 Gen 2: Supercharge your home theater.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 25 x 12 x 24 inches
Item Weight 57.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 65.5 pounds
Manufacturer Emotiva Audio Corporation
ASIN B008O37ELI
Origin Imported (China)
Item model number XPA-3
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4.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #97,094 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#437 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Receivers & Amplifiers > Amplifiers
#1,827 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Date first available at Amazon.com July 23, 2012

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A few years ago I got a set of the highly-regarded NHT Classic Three speakers and a Yamaha RX-A700 A/V Receiver. Since I don't listen to loud music, I thought that the Yamaha's 90 watts per channel would be more than enough. Still, the speakers were always a bit disappointing - accurate, but flat and lifeless. A number of reviews of the Classic Three mentioned that although the speakers were small, they were "hungry for power".

When I was getting a new cabinet for my A/V equipment, I decided to see if power could be the problem, and got the Emotiva XPA-3 as well. The Front/Middle/Center pre-outs from the Yamaha plug into the Emotiva, and -- a nice touch -- the included trigger cable connects the two units so that powering on or off the Yamaha does the same for the Emotiva.

The difference in sound was remarkable! The Classic Three speakers positively sing. The change is readily apparent even at low volume. Clearly, not all amplifiers are created equal. The RX-A700 is no piece of junk -- it was one of Yamaha's higher-end receivers at the time -- but once you have heard a good amp like the Emotiva you'll never want to go back to just a receiver again.

By the way - the Emotiva is huge and insanely heavy. The depth of the unit is 21 inches including the in/out plugs -- I had to cut out the back of my A/V cabinet to make it fit!
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It easily does the 200rms per channel. I dont know much people that like listening to movies as loud as i do. But i can tell you that i have not even gone passed 80 on the volume and my walls are shaking in my living room. Im using it to power my SVS ULTRA TOWERS & SVS CENTER. Ill never go back to the under powered best buy receivers!
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I read numerous reviews and decided to purchase the XPA-5, gen 2, of course. They were sold out so I purchased the XPA-3 gen 2 and received it yesterday.

The setup: I run all Pinnacle Black Diamond speakers in a 5.1 setup (BD 2500 PLB L/R, BD 700 II center, BD 500 surround). They are very low efficiency speakers (86 dB to 87dB @ 1 watt/1 meter). All speakers are crossed over at 40hz. I am running Yamaha's consumer focused mid/high end RX-A2030 140 watts/channel in 2 channel (9.2 channels total) receiver that is now operating as a preamp and also powering my rear channels. It's no slouch. I include this to help you understand the impact the XPA-3 amplifier had on my system.

I've listened to the amplifier for all of six hours, playing multiple movie scenes that I've heard probably one hundred times before (my tried and true test scenes I use every time I buy new speakers or components). I know there are those that say amplifiers do not affect sound quality and that they only affect how loud your system can be. Here are some observations from my own ears; Holy Toledo!!! I instantly noticed a difference in sound quality at lower volume levels. My front 3 speakers are set at +10 dB on my receiver. They are clearer and more punchy with volume at -30 dB than they've ever been before. They seemed to just open up and come to life. Movie sounds I used to think were supposed to be subtle background highs are now very obvious and in my face. Lows are hitting much harder and quicker than the Yamaha AVR could accomplish. This amp was a huge difference maker in my system. I like listening at mid to high levels but want to hear every detail clearly. Not a problem now and people say this amp only gets better as it breaks in which I find surprising.
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i have been into home theater for well over 20 years now. like most people i started with mass market AVRs. over the years my thirst for better performance led me up the chain of AVR receivers. I owned high end units from Denon, Yamaha and Onkyo. While these were good I always felt there was room for improvement. Part of my issue is that I have 2 sets of KEF Reference speakers which run at 4 ohms. So even though they are efficient they put a strain on any AVR. And I tend to listen a little louder than average. Also the KEFs are very unforgiving, their sound reproduction is so sonically clear that it reveals any flaws (This can be good and bad).

I had always dreamed of getting separates, but never thought it was within my budget. One day I see a posting about Emotiva having a "Secret Warehouse Sale". So for $550 I bought an XPA-3. I use it for the L/C/R channels and use my AVR to power the side and rear speakers.

I was very cautious at first if I liked the sound or not. I decided to hold onto it and let it get worn in a bit. iI have been using it for almost a year now and it is really getting sweeter every day.

This past weekend I had 2 friends over and put on the recently released 5.1 version of "The Yes Album" remastered by Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree (The guru of surround sound mastering). All 3 of us just enjoyed the hell out of the album as it just rocks from beginning to end. Afterwards each one commented what a great musical choice it was and how great it sounded.

I look forward to every day I get to enjoy this amp.
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One of the best home theatre purchases I ever made. I was using a TX-NR1009 before and had read so much about external amplifiers and why they were recommended in your setup. Using a good quality external amplifier provides, good, CLEAN and constant power to your speakers unlike an AV Receiver. Power ratings for AV receivers are misleading because they are only rated for 2 channels. If you have more than 2 speakers connected to an AV receiver the power will not be constant and will not be clean because it has to distribute the power to more speakers and the receiver has to work harder with more channels engaged.

I did not want to spend an arm and a leg but still wanted good quality sound. I found out about Emotiva and heard nothing but good reviews. First off, this thing is SOLID. It weights 60 lbs! Very heavy duty and provides my speakers with good clean sound. And the power....WOW. You will never have to worry about clipping. They really open up the sound on your speakers and you hear a lot more detail and small things that the director intended you to hear. I hear things that I didn't hear before using this. It won't make your system "louder" per se but you WILL be able to turn up the volume loud without distortion or clipping. I can barely turn my system up half way before my ears start hurting. It has balanced and unbalanced connections. This is a solid product that I would highly recommend. I am using this with an Onkyo receiver and it sounds great. Movies are unreal and really have a lot of punch and detail. Video games are incredible. Sports games sound ridiculous. Emotiva is a great company with great products and an affordable price.

I am using the XPA-3 to power to Polk Rti8 Left and Right Speakers and a Polk CSiA6 center channel speaker.
I also purchased the Emotiva UPA-700 that I will also review at another time.
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