Bounded In a Nutshell
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- Jun 20, 2000
- A Mile High
- Real Name
I’m curious to hear your observations. I just know it is surprisingly good with my CS 3.6s.@Jeff1125, what speakers are you planning to drive?
Considering this would be your first(?) foray into separates and unless you plan to drive particularly difficult speakers, I wouldn't think you need to spend the extra $$$ on D-Sonic amps. You'd probably be perfectly happy w/ Emotiva's offerings. And they do provide 30-day free trial... though you'll have to pay return shipping, which can probably run $60-100 (depending on how close you are to Tennessee)...
FWIW, I'm about to try an Emotiva XPA-DR2 to drive some very difficult (though w/ fairly well behaved impedance curve) Thiel CS5i speakers -- they are rated at 3 ohms and go down near 1 ohm in the bass region. I bought the XPA-DR2 w/ their last holiday promo offer and expect to be able to resell it w/out significant, if any, loss if it isn't up to the task -- I may try a D-Sonic M3a-3000S for ~$1K more in that case, instead of the M3a-1500S since the $ diff isn't quite that much. The only fairly extensive, reputable review I could find of the XPA-DR2 suggests it should be able to handle loads down to 2 ohms even though Emotiva doesn't make the claim themselves.
I also went w/ an XPA-5 Gen 3 (replacing a possibly dying, nearly 30-yo B&K amp) for the other floor level channels (for eventual 7.2.4), and so far so good though it's currently only driving 6-to-8-ohm speakers. Haven't committed to an amp for the eventual Atmos channels yet, but those should be even easier to drive me thinks...