- Brand Name: Emotiva Audio
- Model Number: XPA-3
- Surround Sound Channel Configuration: 3
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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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Using the XPA-3 for my 3 front channels with my Yamaha RX-a3050 for 7.1.4 and my Def Tech BP3000s. Enjoying the clean sound whether movies or music. Great buy for the dollar!Published 7 months ago by Art Harris
Although the price point may be a bitttt higher than I would hope... That is yet to be determined as the electronics heat and burn in to what the amp will sound like thereafter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Interstellar
Great amplifier for the money! I have Mirage OMD-15s and an OMD-C1 running off the amp, sub-woofer is a Definitive Technology Supercube 1. My receiver is Denon 3808ci.Published 9 months ago by Ryan
I still can't believe the quality of this amp. Power and sound are outstanding. I want to buy more Emotiva amps, but the neighbors would not like that at all. Read morePublished 14 months ago by robert
First let me say the quality of this amplifier for the price is up there with units costing twice as much. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Woodie
I have a DENON 3311 receiver and Klipsch speakers and wanted to power my center and front with the XPA-3 where the remaining speakers of the 7. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Emma N.
I have a moderately large living room, with Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1 LCR speakers, and HSU 15" subwoofer. Read morePublished 17 months ago by brian
Im using this to power my Klipsch R 28 towers and an Rc 62II center..This amp really throws in the power,, its as solid and heavy as a pile of bricks,,and it looks cool too ...Published 17 months ago by Brandon Montgomery