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    Default Considering Emotiva XPA-5 or Outlaw Model 7125

    I'm considering two different amps to match with my Onkyo NR-807. I will not be able to upgrade my speakers in the near future, but I am currently interested in powering the Polk RTi-A7 and the RTi-A6 for the front soundstage. Both of the amps have advantages that I'm interested in, such Watt/Channel or number of channels.

    Would the Outlaw Model 7125 (at 125 watts per channel) be more than enough to power the A7's? What should I be aware of when considering these two amps?

    Since the question comes up fairly often, this will be primarily for movies, although music is played on my system fairly often as well.
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    I have the XPA-5 powering my A7's and it does a very good job
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    Onkyo PR-SC5508 Sharp LC-70LE847U
    Emotiva XPA-5 Emotiva XPA-2 Emotiva UPA-2
    Front RTi-A9 Wide RTi-A7 Center CSi-A6 Surround FXi-A6 Rear RTi-A3 Sub 2x PSW505
    Sony BDP-S790 Dishnetwork Hopper/Joey Logitech Harmony One Apple TV
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    Oppo 105D BAT VK-500 w/BatPack SDA SRS 2.3 Dreadnought Squeezebox Touch Apple TV

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    You can never have too much power, get an XPA-5 and be done with this particular upgrade. This way you will have enough power to drive just about any speakers you might upgrade to in the future like the LSIM series which require at least a 200wpc @ 8ohms to sound their best. This is an investment that will pay for itself over all the years that you have it and can be used with any other speakers you get.

    It's not that the Outlaw won't work, it just will not allow your speakers to operate to their full potential which is the most important point.

    So get the XPA, hook up all your speakers to it then sit back and enjoy for years to come.
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Onkyo TA2600 Tape Deck, Pioneer Elite 47-A DVD, Sony 32" XBR TV, Polk RTA-8T Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, Boston PV-600 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers

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    You haven't mentioned if your system contains a subwoofer. My first consideration for movies would be if I had a really good subwoofer integrated into the system. If you do, you could run your speakers very well with the Outlaw amp. But, if you don't have a subwoofer with bass output significantly better than your Rti's, you might want to consider getting a subwoofer first and spending money on an amp next.

    I owned an XPA-5, and I'd consider it to be overkill for the RTiA7's. I'd probably recommend it for the RTiA9's though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emlyn View Post
    You haven't mentioned if your system contains a subwoofer.
    Right now, the subwoofer is the best piece of my home entertainment equipment, since it is a Hsu VTF-3 MK 4 (350 watts, 12-inch woofer, which emits 16-hz loud enough that you can feel it in your bones).

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    Quote Originally Posted by justlord View Post
    Right now, the subwoofer is the best piece of my home entertainment equipment, since it is a Hsu VTF-3 MK 4 (350 watts, 12-inch woofer, which emits 16-hz loud enough that you can feel it in your bones).
    That's an excellent foundation for a home theater system.

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    justlord, I have an XPA-5 I'm looking to get rid of. It's the one that Mark (Emlyn) used to have.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

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    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    @Falconcry72 I hope that it's still available when I'm ready to buy. I wouldn't mind used, as long as it's in good condition. However, it might have to wait another month (at least).

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    Since the OP has...
    Quote Originally Posted by Emlyn View Post
    ...an excellent foundation for a home theater system.
    I reccommend which ever amp provides higher SQ. I can't answer that because I haven't heard either amp driving the 'A7s nor do I know how much "heavy lifting" the OP's SW does. My SW carries every thing below 60hz @ 12dB/octave

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