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  1. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    It doesn’t need to be that complicated. I was probably confusing. I’d just feed it the sub output from my XSP-1 Preamp, which has an internal sub crossover.
  2. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    You'll have to tell me more about that. I don't want the DSP to control the crossover. I'd just want to feed the sub output (which can be either balanced or single ended) to it. I currently have an SVS PB12 Plus/2, but I'm planning to get a sealed double 15 of some type. Most likely Rythmik...
  3. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    It occurs to me that I can use DSP on the sub without any detriment to the signal to the Thiels, so I’d definitely be open to trying it.
  4. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    No DSP. Trying to keep music playback as pure as possible.
  5. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    I believe we have achieved Nirvana. The imaging I’m getting with this amp and the Thiels is out of this world.
  6. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    Nearly two months later, a lot of burning in the new amp with movies, fine tuning things, and finally going back to some very demanding music listening, and there are some extremely good things to report. I want to do more listening tomorrow, though. At the moment, I’m actually surprised how...
  7. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    Lately I've been working on getting better integration between the sub and main speakers. Why would a new amp make any difference with that, other than a little volume adjustment to compensate for the lower gain of the new amp? I don't know. There must be some phase shift between the two...
  8. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    I had my first few hours with the amp last night. I've had those speakers for so long, and I've used them with so much different electronic gear, it's always interesting to find what difference a new piece of equipment makes. I was curious to hear what differences there might be as the amp...
  9. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    I would love the opportunity to audition a D-Sonic amplifier, but they are far too expensive for me to give them a blind buy, even with a return guarantee. I just don't like buying and returning stuff. I'm not willing to drop that much money on an experiment. I'm glad you're happy with yours...
  10. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    BTW, before I get started with the new amp, HERE is a great, concise explanation of amplifier classes from Paul McGowan of PS Audio. My new amp has a Class A/B output, but with some trickery with the power supply that makes it more efficient and lighter. So, as far as this video is concerned...
  11. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    Definitely not Class D, which is an entirely different design. It’s Class A/B Output with some razzle dazzle to the power supply to improve the efficiency.
  12. JohnRice

    Emotiva XPA-DR2 Amplifier Home Audition - Maybe This Is Enough Power

    Approximately 27 years ago I bought the speakers that I still use in my HT today. They're Thiel CS3.6, which are legendary for being hard on amps. They are incredibly hard to drive, but they sound amazing and I could never afford something of their caliber at current prices. In the time I've...
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