Emotiva XPA-2 Amplifiers

4.57/5 (23 Reviews) MSRP : $799.00


Product Description

Modular channel design for greater channel separation. Automatic 120/230 AC voltage detection and switching. Multi segment bar graph output level meters with clip detect. Metering and status LED on/off switches. Fully protected from all fault conditions. Soft start circuitry. Advanced microprocessor operating system. External trigger turn on. Soft touch power switch. 4RU chassis w/ solid 15mm milled aluminum faceplate. IEC power inlet. Output topology: discrete triple Darlington with On Semi output devices. Input topology: dual differential input. Input: balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA), switchable. Output: audiophile quality 5 way binding posts. Display type: digital status indicators.
XPA-2 2 Channel Audio Power Amplifier
250 watts RMS x 2 into 8 ohms, 500 watts RMS x 2 into 4 ohms


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fendaaudio a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2014

Bottom Line:   
the XPA-5 Gen 2 is a very nice and well rounded amplifier that should suit lovers of cinema and multi-channel music quite well. The question that remains is; should existing XPA-5 customers upgrade to Gen 2? Well, if you were already in the market and are simply looking

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2014

Bottom Line:   
This review is for a 2013 xpa2 gen2. It's sad to see the negative reviews of this amp. I went to emofest last year and bought one on a whim from the discount charity table. It replaced an old b&k ex442. The difference was not subtle with my fairly new gallo ref3.5 speakers. There was a very large soundstage, a significant improvement in the bottom end and an amazing amount of detail at lower volumes that I can only assume is due to its high current capability.

The amp isn't perfect. To me it sounds very much like a krell. It is hyper detailed and lean sounding. For some people, ie those who like the krell house sound, this is not a bad thing. To me it is fatiguing. I also found imaging to be blurred. There wasn't as much separation of instruments as I would like. The imaging seemed to be more on par with Rotel, nad, or parasound. In the imaging lay my only true disappointment.

All in all I thought the amp was very good, it just had a bit of the sterile sound that seems to fit the bill for some audiophiles. I find imaging and warmth are more my taste and have since switched to el34 triode monoblocks. However I am keeping the emotiva for a second system whenever I get around to putting it together.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Surprenant a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2014

Bottom Line:   
I have owned the XPA-1 with the UPS-1 running through Axiom Audio M60's, VP200, Qs8's and sub for five years. Will my system compete with the audiophools twenty thousand sysem? No. But I will say this, if you're like most folks, your "audio room" is the living room. Windows, doors, furniture, kids and dog toys, all tied in with the WAF, almost insurmoutable to have a really good sounding system. Well, for the price this equipment bests anything less then 2k. Made in China, so what. Parts are top quality, they just put it all together. Hell the remote is made out of billet aluminum and can be used as a weapon. The sound is full, rich and dynamic, pacing is great and the soundstage is deep and wide. If I had a dedicated audio room, and more money, yeah I'd move up the chain. But this is some seriously good equipment!

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Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Doctor Fine a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Sent these back immediately as they did not meet my requirements except possibly in raw wattage output.

Blurry sounding. Terrible soundstaging with individual instruments coming from indistinct locations. Midrange lacked timbres indentifying tonality. Characterless. Mid-Fi.

I shall continue the noble quest for Power Amplifier Greatness.

It saddens me that alas, These were not to be the ONES.

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Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by B. David a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Bought it new, had it in 2 different systems and after a week it was boxed back up and returned. Sorry, but anyone who thinks this is as good as a Krell, or even a Bryston simply can't hear! Reading the reviews, one starts to wonder if some are employed by the company?
It's harsh, has only mediocre detail, and lacks that absolute control of the sound stage, that top quality gear possess. It's mid-fi for the masses, the new Carver level item, and made in China too! Guess if you are strictly into RAP, heavy metal and that kind of over processed and compressed "music", then you'll probably never hear the difference; in fact you may love it's hard and rather flat sound. If you listen to real music from real acoustic instruments, and well recorded vocals..........this won't be your top choice..... It's just not that good.

Having said that - if you are using very inefficient speakers, listen to popular music, and have very limited funds - then this is a "good value", for the money. It's just not top shelf, nor should it be for the cost. Just don't fool yourself because it's the best you could afford. That in no way means it's near "The Best", because it's not even close to that. It's OK.

Ancillary equipment - Krell FPB-300, Bryston 4B SST, Audio Research SP-6a, and SP11. Speakers: Martin Logan Ascent, Quad ESL-63, B&W Nautilus, Rogers LS3-5A, & others. VPI turntable with Denon 103R mc, SACD decks by Sony.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010




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