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    Default taking a shot on emo

    Well after weeks of browsing online i pulled the trigger on a xpa-2.
    my left tower has been out of comission for a month,since tax check came i ordered new tweeter and midrange.
    added diamonback interconnects and have been shopping for 2channel power.
    I went w// emo simply for peace of mind w/ 30 day demo and warranty.
    Most krell,classe,rotel,etc are out of my price range and most adcoms ive seen are 15-20 yrs old and ive had bad luck w/ electronics this year.
    2 recievers and a amp died on me so i want something new.

    Curious to hear this thing and see if it lives up to all the hype.Pumping 300 watts into my rti12s should make huge difference.

    *if you dont have anything nice to say,best to say nothing at all........no emo bashing as im no fanboy
    fronts=rti12s(cherry)
    center=csi3(cherry)
    sub=psw125(cherry)
    emotiva xpa-2
    harmon kardon 354
    sony cdp
    ipod 8gb
    audioquest diamondback 1m
    "Maesto" straightwire cables
    pangea ac-9
    playstation3/120gb=blu-ray/media server
    monitor=lg 55inch lcd(1080p)
    TT Set-up=Pro-Ject RM 1.3
    Kenwood Phono
    bren1 Clamp
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    Congrats...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Monoblocks, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds, Dodd Audio MLP, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Peachtree I-DAC, Oppo BDP-93, Yamaha PX-3 Turntable, with Sumiko BPS EVOIII, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, SimAudio moon 110lp phono preamplifier

    "The problems we face today exist because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living." Brad Shurett

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    Good luck with the new gear!
    Polk Audio Surround Bar 360
    Mirage PS-12
    LG BDP-550
    Motorola HD FIOS DVR
    Panasonic 42" Plasma
    XBOX 360[/SIZE]

    Office stuff

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    I love my xpa-3. Sounds great, runs cool, couldnt be happier!
    Living Room setup: Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH, Krell KAV 300i, PS Audio DL III DAC, Tyler Acoustics Taylo 7u, Dynaudio Audience 120C+, SVS 25/31PCI, B-P-T Clean Power Center, Ps3, Panny 50" S1 Plasma, Tekline speaker cables, Audio Art interconnects, and Pangea power cables.

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    right on fellas.....im excited.
    cant wait to kick the wife out,have a few cocktails,turn lights down low and f*ckin crank some jams!
    fronts=rti12s(cherry)
    center=csi3(cherry)
    sub=psw125(cherry)
    emotiva xpa-2
    harmon kardon 354
    sony cdp
    ipod 8gb
    audioquest diamondback 1m
    "Maesto" straightwire cables
    pangea ac-9
    playstation3/120gb=blu-ray/media server
    monitor=lg 55inch lcd(1080p)
    TT Set-up=Pro-Ject RM 1.3
    Kenwood Phono
    bren1 Clamp
    Herbies Slipmat

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    I know with the XPA-3 I heard I had no complaints. Very competent amp.

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    I like my XPA-5.....good luck with the new gear.

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    Congrats, new toys are always fun
    Speakers: SDA-1C (most all the goodies)
    Preamp: Joule Electra LA-150 MKII SE
    Amp: Wright WPA 50-50 EAT KT88s
    Analog: Marantz TT-15S1 MBS Glider SL| Wright WPP100C Amperex BB 6er5 and 7316 & WPM-100 SUT
    Digital: Mac mini 2.3GHz dual-core i5 8g RAM 1.5 TB HDD Music Server Amarra (memory play) - USB - W4S DAC 2
    Cables: Mits S3 IC and Spk cables| PS Audio PCs

    Ofc: Wright WLA12 preamp: Anthem Amp 1: Pio Elite DV-79AVI: Airport Express: CAL Sigma II DAC: PA LS90 sonicaps and mills

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    have read plenty posts stating the emos pair well w/ polks......got the xpa-2 on b-stock to save alittle money.
    was leaning hard towards adcom 58** series but couldnt justify spending $800+ on a 15-20 yr old unit.
    I know most on here would of went another direction but thats just me.
    fronts=rti12s(cherry)
    center=csi3(cherry)
    sub=psw125(cherry)
    emotiva xpa-2
    harmon kardon 354
    sony cdp
    ipod 8gb
    audioquest diamondback 1m
    "Maesto" straightwire cables
    pangea ac-9
    playstation3/120gb=blu-ray/media server
    monitor=lg 55inch lcd(1080p)
    TT Set-up=Pro-Ject RM 1.3
    Kenwood Phono
    bren1 Clamp
    Herbies Slipmat

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    Don't second guess yourself, hook it up, let it break in, and then make up your own mind.
    Return it if you don't like it.....

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    you made a right decision....I was happy with XPA-5 when I had it....it's not the best of the world, but it sure made me happy....
    Video: LG 55LN5100/Samsung LNT4065F
    Receiver: HK AVR445
    Source: OPPO BDP-93
    HT: POLK SPEAKERS RTi6, FXi3, CSi5 - Sub SUB-1200
    2Ch system: MC2105, C-26, AR-XA, MR-80, AR-2A, AR9, BX-300

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    I started with an XPA-3 running my front three RTi10s - a noticeable improvement over just the AVR, but for 2-channel, it didn't excite me. I then sprung for an XPA-2 to run the L&R fronts, leaving the XPA-3 to run the center and surrounds. The difference was even more pronounced. I've been pretty happy with this configuration, even in 2-channel mode. To my ears, the lows and especially the midrange became more prominent, thus allowing me to listen at lower volumes with increased clarity. This also had the effect of seemingly taming the reputably harsh tweeters in the RTi series. I think you'll enjoy this combo. Let us know! :)
    7.1 - polk RTi10 x 3 (LCR) : FXi3 x 2 : RTi4 x 4 : MFW-15 (RIP): Yamaha Aventage RX-A1000 : Adcom GFA-7500 : PS3 : Squeezebox Touch : DIRECTV : Panasonic PT-AX200U PJ @120"
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    thanks for the input mdaudioguy.
    Ill be sure to post first thoughts in a week or so when i get it
    fronts=rti12s(cherry)
    center=csi3(cherry)
    sub=psw125(cherry)
    emotiva xpa-2
    harmon kardon 354
    sony cdp
    ipod 8gb
    audioquest diamondback 1m
    "Maesto" straightwire cables
    pangea ac-9
    playstation3/120gb=blu-ray/media server
    monitor=lg 55inch lcd(1080p)
    TT Set-up=Pro-Ject RM 1.3
    Kenwood Phono
    bren1 Clamp
    Herbies Slipmat

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    Arriving in a week? I advise weightlifting...kidney belt...steroids...

    It will sound great, if you manage to get it onto a rack.

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    Go for it and congrats. If you don't like it you can always send it back but from what I've heard they are heavy suckers so you might take a hit on return shipping but what the hell you get to find out for yourself, in your own rig, how it sounds.

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    Let me know when it comes in, i want to hear that setup, mmmmmmkay? :D
    I don't read the newsssspaperssss because dey aaaallllllllll...... have ugly print.

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    Bring it with you to the Indy-meet. It would be nice to try it out on the SDA's
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Monoblocks, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds, Dodd Audio MLP, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Peachtree I-DAC, Oppo BDP-93, Yamaha PX-3 Turntable, with Sumiko BPS EVOIII, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, SimAudio moon 110lp phono preamplifier

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    I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the combo. Like they said if you don't like it return it.
    I have XPA-2 and A9's and its a wonderful combination especially for music IMO. see sig

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    pretty sure ill like it.....hard to believe its gonna sound like total sh*t...but i could be wrong.
    As far as the weight,check the other thread that has pics of my rack(no pun intended)
    Im pretty sure itll hold 75lbs no problem.....would love to crash the party w/ the xpa-2 as far as the indy meet goes just depends on time and date.....thanks again guys
    fronts=rti12s(cherry)
    center=csi3(cherry)
    sub=psw125(cherry)
    emotiva xpa-2
    harmon kardon 354
    sony cdp
    ipod 8gb
    audioquest diamondback 1m
    "Maesto" straightwire cables
    pangea ac-9
    playstation3/120gb=blu-ray/media server
    monitor=lg 55inch lcd(1080p)
    TT Set-up=Pro-Ject RM 1.3
    Kenwood Phono
    bren1 Clamp
    Herbies Slipmat

    "It doesnt mean that much to me,to mean that much to you"

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