Emotiva XPA-3 3-Channel Power Amplifier
- 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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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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 25 x 12 x 24 inches; 57.2 Pounds
- Item model number : XPA-3
- Date First Available : July 23, 2012
- Manufacturer : Emotiva Audio Corporation
- ASIN : B008O37ELI
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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.
I can clearly tell the XPA-3 sounds better than my AVR. I don't know why. My opinion is that power is sent from the amp to the speakers more consistently than an AVR's capable of. I hear the most dramatic difference in dynamic scenes like Transformers 1, when the helicopter transforms on the military base near the beginning. Every click of the transformation and gun shot is clearer, louder, and there's much better separation. Certain sounds are completely missing when I play the same scene through my AVR. I know this is not a forum but I'd love to hear if someone knows the true reason an amp sounds better (better separation, more frequencies picked up, etc) than my AVR at the same volume levels.
My gf watched a movie she'd scene numerous times before with the Yamaha pushing the speakers. This time the Emotiva XPA-3 was pushing the front LCR. At mid/low listening levels she mentioned that she heard the lyrics to a song playing in the background of the scene that she'd never heard before. I was surprised that even she noticed this and curious to find out for myself. I switched everything back to the Yamaha and replayed the same scene. I could barely hear the song and couldn't hear the lyrics anymore either. They were very subdued. I replayed all the other scenes through the Yamaha once more. Background noises were clearly quieter, less obvious. Bass was less punchy and the speakers seemed to have fallen asleep.
Although I'm excited about this amp, I cannot comment on longevity yet. I have used an Adcom G545 amp before and I can say the XPA-3 amplifier is in an entirely different class. Very happy with this amp and I feel like I stole it for the price paid. BUT, the Adcom amp sounds really good and they're usually around $300 on online auction sites. The Adcom powered my old towers (BIC Acoustech PL-89) well. The Pinnacles are a little more power hungry and respond better to the Emotiva amp.
One thing to note; I used different cables to connect the AVR to the XPA-3 and switched back and forth. The brand Better Cables ($70 a pair) and cheap $9 RCA cables from a well known small electronics store. I honestly can't hear a difference between the cables. Maybe more expensive cables help if you're running long wires long distances but my 1 meter cables all sound the same. It seems like you can save some money here without sacrificing detectable performance. This is something I read before and wish I believed before I spent $70 on RCA cables. I know there are way more expensive cables out there. Perhaps audiophiles can tell the difference. My unforgiving ears can't.
My system is all Yamaha with an RXA-1010 which is just used as a preamplifier which drives 5 M-2 power amplifiers. For speakers I have 2 Magnepan MG-1's on the mains driven by one M-2 and a set of 3 way 15" drivers on another M-2 also on the mains. There are 2 center channel 3 way 15" drivers powered by an M-2. The surround speakers consist of 2 Magnepan MMG's and a set of 3 way 12" drivers with 2 other M-2's driving them. All the 3 way speakers were custom built by me.
Anyway the reason I mentioned all that is because I have 6 subwoofers (4-12" and 2-18", all dual 4ohm voice coils wired internally to 8ohms) and I did not want to get three separate monoblock amplifiers, also there is only 3 dedicated circuits for the system and room for only one more amplifier. I was a little worried at first the XPA-3 may not have the power to drive the subwoofers (which were hooked up parallel in pairs of 2 to each channel making them run at 4ohms). I was pleasantly surprised that the XPA-3 is able to drive them and how much cleaner and tighter the bass is. Originally I had a multi channel to drive them though it was not as clean sounding as the XPA-3, it did have more power and all the channels were bridgeable.
Finally the XPA-3 is a great amplifier for the price, solid and well built and even though it might peak out and start clipping way before the other amplifiers peak, I have not tried it, but I think it would be to much for the room and the house to handle.