Preamplifiers

Emotiva XSP-1 Balanced Stereo Preamplifier

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Conclusions

Well, what can I say here, but WOW! For $899, you get one heck of a preamplifier. If it were $3,899, I would still say, "WOW", but I would expect it to drive 600 ohms. This is an indicator of where cost was saved, i.e., the power supply, but as long as you drive power amplifiers of at least 10 kOhms input impedance (the Emotiva XPR-1's have an input impedance of 100 kOhms), you won't miss the low impedance drive capability. I am glad the Panama Canal just finished the new, wider canal, that will allow the new wider container ships to pass, because Emotiva will sell a wider container-load of these preamplifiers.