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Old 03-13-2017, 12:48 AM   #18941
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I'm the new owner of a xpa-5 2nd generation amp. And this is my first amp. Any recommendations on RCA cables. Just basic cables from mono price or frys Amazon should work fine.
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Congrats! I have BlueJeansCables and Mediabridge RCA cables with my equipment and have had no issues.
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Congrats! I have BlueJeansCables and Mediabridge RCA cables with my equipment and have had no issues.
Those were the Exact RCA cables. Thank you for your help I just wanted to make sure.
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I have a BasX-mc700 coming this weekend, does anyone else here have one? Any impressions so far?
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Can't find it on the web...... Blue light comes on, but no sound from XPA-3. I need to know what fuse(s) to order (links) so I can replace them
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:37 PM   #18946
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Default Adding XPA-1

After I move next year I plan to add a dedicated amp for the center channel, I have my mind set on an XPA-1.

My question is what do they cost during Emofest? If the savings would be substantial I would wait to purchase.

I've never been to Emofest, looking forward to it

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Old 12-06-2018, 04:52 PM   #18947
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Thought I'd give this thread a bump after realizing it has been more than 10 years since I ventured into Emotiva, which brought me back to separates after a few stints with 75 lb flagship AVRs (which compared to today's AVR standards were phenomenal quality from Yamaha and Denon IMO). I'm still enjoying my RPA-2 + XPA-5 combo in my main setup, and for the man cave a "little" A700 I picked up a couple of years ago, which the wife gets to enjoy 2 of the channels for a zone 2 stereo setup in her art studio.

It has been a while since those "upgrade itch" days that this thread only helped promote when it was regularly active. Similarly, I decided to visit the Emo website and was shocked to see some of the pricing, particularly with the XPA-5 gen 3. I started wondering how much the gap on the price/performance ratio was versus other more widely accepted audiophile gear. Then I went to Parasound's website and looked at the Halo A51 and saw the pricing has also increased significantly. This hobby has become too rich for my blood, although I admit a Halo A21 + A51 combo is enticing enough that I might be willing to bite.

But in the end, all I can say is, long live my RPA-2!

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Old 12-10-2018, 04:30 AM   #18948
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Thought I'd give this thread a bump after realizing it has been more than 10 years since I ventured into Emotiva, which brought me back to separates after a few stints with 75 lb flagship AVRs (which compared to today's AVR standards were phenomenal quality from Yamaha and Denon IMO). I'm still enjoying my RPA-2 + XPA-5 combo in my main setup, and for the man cave a "little" A700 I picked up a couple of years ago, which the wife gets to enjoy 2 of the channels for a zone 2 stereo setup in her art studio.

It has been a while since those "upgrade itch" days that this thread only helped promote when it was regularly active. Similarly, I decided to visit the Emo website and was shocked to see some of the pricing, particularly with the XPA-5 gen 3. I started wondering how much the gap on the price/performance ratio was versus other more widely accepted audiophile gear. Then I went to Parasound's website and looked at the Halo A51 and saw the pricing has also increased significantly. This hobby has become too rich for my blood, although I admit a Halo A21 + A51 combo is enticing enough that I might be willing to bite.

But in the end, all I can say is, long live my RPA-2!
I know what you mean. Prices continue to increase.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:05 PM   #18949
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Thought I'd give this thread a bump after realizing it has been more than 10 years since I ventured into Emotiva, which brought me back to separates after a few stints with 75 lb flagship AVRs (which compared to today's AVR standards were phenomenal quality from Yamaha and Denon IMO). I'm still enjoying my RPA-2 + XPA-5 combo in my main setup, and for the man cave a "little" A700 I picked up a couple of years ago, which the wife gets to enjoy 2 of the channels for a zone 2 stereo setup in her art studio.

It has been a while since those "upgrade itch" days that this thread only helped promote when it was regularly active. Similarly, I decided to visit the Emo website and was shocked to see some of the pricing, particularly with the XPA-5 gen 3. I started wondering how much the gap on the price/performance ratio was versus other more widely accepted audiophile gear. Then I went to Parasound's website and looked at the Halo A51 and saw the pricing has also increased significantly. This hobby has become too rich for my blood, although I admit a Halo A21 + A51 combo is enticing enough that I might be willing to bite.

But in the end, all I can say is, long live my RPA-2!
I still use my XPA-5 Gen 2. It was still affordable when I bought it. If I was to start now, I wouldn't be able to buy it. It's sad that this is the trend, but there's always companies that will make quality stuff for good price. I think Outlaw still makes good bang for your buck amps. Audiophile reviewed a Monoprice amp that was pretty good too.
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I still use my XPA-5 Gen 2. It was still affordable when I bought it. If I was to start now, I wouldn't be able to buy it. It's sad that this is the trend, but there's always companies that will make quality stuff for good price. I think Outlaw still makes good bang for your buck amps. Audiophile reviewed a Monoprice amp that was pretty good too.
I remember when the XPA-5 Gen 2 released. I thought it was interesting that they went with 29 db gain vs the Gen 1 which was 32 db, but yeah still modestly priced for the performance. But now the Gen 3 version is more than double what I paid for my Gen 1. That really narrows the price vs performance ratio. While I still think external amplification is the best way to go, especially if you're driving inefficient speakers, the current pricing from any amp company would make it hard for me to go that direction if I were shopping for a home theater pre-amp/amp or AVR/amp combo, not when you have companies like Arcam and Anthem making AVRs.
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MC-700 + XPA-7 Gen3 is the equivalent of a Receiver minus the (tuner) I have no need for ?
Or you have to add this as well XSP-1 ? If it's all 3 then about $4k for a Emotiva set of separates vs say the sale priced Marantz Receiver 7012 at $1200 , Integra DRX-7.1 at $2400 ,Anthem MRX 720 at $2500 (or something comparable) Any advice would be very much appreciated .
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MC-700 + XPA-7 Gen3 is the equivalent of a Receiver minus the (tuner) I have no need for ?
Or you have to add this as well XSP-1 ? If it's all 3 then about $4k for a Emotiva set of separates vs say the sale priced Marantz Receiver 7012 at $1200 , Integra DRX-7.1 at $2400 ,Anthem MRX 720 at $2500 (or something comparable) Any advice would be very much appreciated .
If you don't need a tuner and don't have a need to run a high quality analog path for say a high quality turntable and/or DAC, then generally speaking all you'd need is the MC-700 + XPA-7. But it would help if you could specify what devices you'd be connecting.

Otherwise, I think the Marantz 7012 or Anthem MRX 720 are excellent options, and I'd personally lean toward the MRX 720.
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If you don't need a tuner and don't have a need to run a high quality analog path for say a high quality turntable and/or DAC, then generally speaking all you'd need is the MC-700 + XPA-7. But it would help if you could specify what devices you'd be connecting.

Otherwise, I think the Marantz 7012 or Anthem MRX 720 are excellent options, and I'd personally lean toward the MRX 720.
Thank you for the reply . I would only be connecting TV,5.1 speaker system,uhd-bluray player and another blu-ray player that is region free , At some point add 2 more speakers for the sides .
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Thank you for the reply . I would only be connecting TV,5.1 speaker system,uhd-bluray player and another blu-ray player that is region free , At some point add 2 more speakers for the sides .
Ok, then if you go with Emotiva, you won't need an XSP-1, just the MC-700 + XPA-7. Any of the other options you mentioned should also work just fine.

One other thing to consider is if you think you might have a need for network control and streaming. The MC-700 doesn't have any of that so if you need that functionality then you'll have to go with one of the AVR options.

Your best bet would be to see if you can demo the receivers and see which one you like best. Emotiva also provides a full 30-day "no hassle" return policy so you can demo the gear at home and return it if you don't like it. You do have to pay return shipping so that's the only caveat.

If it were me, I'd go with either the Marantz SR7012 or the Anthem MRX 720. Just my 2 cent preference based on your list of options.
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Ok, then if you go with Emotiva, you won't need an XSP-1, just the MC-700 + XPA-7. Any of the other options you mentioned should also work just fine.

One other thing to consider is if you think you might have a need for network control and streaming. The MC-700 doesn't have any of that so if you need that functionality then you'll have to go with one of the AVR options.

Your best bet would be to see if you can demo the receivers and see which one you like best. Emotiva also provides a full 30-day "no hassle" return policy so you can demo the gear at home and return it if you don't like it. You do have to pay return shipping so that's the only caveat.

If it were me, I'd go with either the Marantz SR7012 or the Anthem MRX 720. Just my 2 cent preference based on your list of options.
Thank you for all that ,Has Anthem ever had sales threw Crutchfield or anyone else ?
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Thank you for all that ,Has Anthem ever had sales threw Crutchfield or anyone else ?
Not that I'm aware of. I haven't shopped Crutchfield in a while. But there's also only one other authorized online dealer according to the Anthem website, so I'd wonder about the frequency of sales with a lack of competition? Maybe try calling Crutchfield and ask if they ever go on sale?
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Not that I'm aware of. I haven't shopped Crutchfield in a while. But there's also only one other authorized online dealer according to the Anthem website, so I'd wonder about the frequency of sales with a lack of competition? Maybe try calling Crutchfield and ask if they ever go on sale?
Crutchfield offers a scratch and dent for $200 less and no tax to my state while Audio Advice have no tax as well and add a Paradigm PW600 for free .
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