- Published on 15 December 2008
Everyone would like a "good deal" in the world of audio, but there's usually a lot of skepticism involved because of the tendency for such products to be made with cheaper components and outsourced labor. It's not unusual for these kinds of cheaper goods to break, in even short periods of time. Well, you get what you pay for. On the other side of the spectrum are very high quality products that come at astronomical prices that, while providing the ultimate experience, are often way out of many consumer's budgets. Somewhere in the middle of all this though, there are still a few companies that make products that have high performance and are also affordable. Emotiva, over the years, has been one of these companies and they have gained a favorable reputation with audiophiles because of it. Emotiva products are purchased directly from the company using their website, and this approach cuts out the costs of the middleman. They have recently introduced a new line of high powered amplifiers called the XPA series. This line of amplifiers includes the XPA-1, XPA-2, XPA-3, and XPA-5 and they all feature high power output at prices that are far lower than similarly rated products.
- Design: Two-Channel Power Amplifier
- Power Output: 250 Watts x 2 into 8 Ohms
- Inputs: Both Balanced (XLR) and Un-balanced (RCA)
- Weight: 75 pounds
- Dimensions: 17" W x 7.75" H x 19" D
- Price: $799 USA
The subject for this review is their XPA-2 two-channel amplifier rated at 250 watts into 8 ohms. That's probably more power than most people would require, but the advantage is that it provides lots of headroom. The end result is that any portions of your media that are meant to be loud, will never lose any of their dynamics, even at high volumes. The XPA-2 lists for $799 but there is currently a holiday special listing the product at $699. That price is incredibly hard to beat, but lets look at the performance.