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    Hey All.....

    I was just looking at the Emotiva UPA-5 on their website and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or comments on this line of amps. Would this work ok with my current set up....leaving the 807 to power just the height channels?

    Any thoughts are appreciated...

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    Welcome!

    It will work fine with your Onk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LessisNevermore View Post
    Welcome!

    It will work fine with your Onk.
    I agree. The Onkyo TX-NR807 has more than enough to power the OP's Monitor setup. An external amp would be a choice to consider if the speakers were upgraded.

    If an external amp was desired with the 807, I would suggest that the XPA-3 is a better choice for about the same money compared to the UPA-5 since the front speakers are the most demanding.

    I use a XPA-3 and LPA-1 (a predecessor to the UPA-5) combo with a LSi system, and I appreciate the very good performance that those amps.

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    All speakers benefit from more power, I thought my speakers sounded great with just a Denon receiver. However, when I stepped up to the Parasound 1500A I heard just how much I was missing without the amp.

    Brother, if you are going to get an amp, then get a XPA 5. This way you will be all set for power no matter what other speakers you upgrade to. And as I said ALL of your speakers will benefit from the power including the rears.

    If you upgraded to the LSI series the UPA would not be enough power.

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    dont really see any benefit to getting that over the Onk you have. If you just want an amp possibly Oddessy, good value to sound, you never know, alot of folks here start with an HT and then upgrade from a more musical perspective with a nice 2-channel amp handling the front l and r.

    still have a good time with your gear and the Polks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrizz View Post
    If you upgraded to the LSI series the UPA would not be enough power.
    True for the front LSi speakers, but the UPA-5 will typically work quite fine for the surrounds in my experience.

    With the OP's Polk Monitor system, his Onkyo is more than sufficient.
    He could try an Emotiva amp and see for himself.
    They do offer a 30 day trial period.

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