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Choosing an Emotiva configuration for new Home Theater system??

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   jjhall5150



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Posted March 15 2010 - 03:02 AM

Hello All.

I am designing my first Home Theater in my new home and need some advice for processing and powering.

I have a $2000 (approx) budget for a receiver and amplifier.

Though sound is more important than looks,  I seem to be drawn toward Emotiva for it's design and am leaning toward that route, but I am open to suggestions

This is my speaker configuration

SVS MTS-01 (x2) - Power handling: 20-250 watts / 4-6 ohms
SVS MTS-01 (x2) - Power handling: 20-250 watts / 4-6 ohms 
SVS MBS-01 (x2) - Power Handling 20-150 watts / 8 ohms

Here are 3 different EMOTIVA sound processing configurations I am considering:

1. Emotiva UMC-1 / Emotiva UPA-2, Emotiva UPA-2, Emotiva UPA-1
2. Emotiva UMC-1 / Emotiva XPA-5
3. Emotiva UMC-1 / Emotiva XPA-2, Emotiva XPA-3

Which of these configurations would give me the best performance witout driving the amplification to max power?


Jim Hall
Pittsfield, MA

#2 of 2 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted March 16 2010 - 03:52 AM

Unless you have a very large room, I would just go with the XPA-5.  You aren't going to drive any of these amps to max power IMO.  If you decide to go 7.1 in the future then you could add an XPA-2 for the mains and be good to go.
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