Sorry to retread a familiar topic, but I'm on the fence and need a push either way..
I have the RTi A9's and a CSi A6 for my front 3 and a TX-NR807 as my receiver. I'm running 5.1 only.
I have heard lots of people here with the A9's say that extra power is great for them and the XPA-3 is a good way to go..(the other amps I looked at are very expensive)
But I also spend time in the hardware threads here and other sites and there seems to be a consensus that an external amp may not do much except in the following situations:
1)You play music/HT really loud 2)You have a very large listening area 3)You have hard to drive or inefficient speakers.
I don't think I meet the criteria (unless the A9's are number 3), but would pay the relatively low price for the XPA-3 if I thought it would have a big impact (mainly at low to moderate volumes).
I am also not unhappy with the current sound, but somewhat obsessed with making it 'better'.
I live in Canada so a try and buy is not a good option.
Thank you for any input, sorry for the long ramble...