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I havn't heard the gen3, but the 1 & 2 are ok for a budget Power Amp that puts out a fair bit of Power. Just don't expect anything approaching high end or even mid end. All my other Power Amps, admittedly much more expensive, absolutely annilhate it. Still for a starter Amp. it's a bit of fun and pretty good value.
The BasX A300 amp and PT 100 preamp received editors choice awards from the UK magazine Hi Fi Choice. Associated equipment for the review were Cambridge CXC transport, Chord Hugo dac, and ATC SCM 40 speakers. So, the supporting cast was well above the price range of the Emotiva pairing which should lay bare any faults from the amps.
The test concluded with "a new pre-power amp price benchmark, the most convincing evocation of affordable high-end that I've yet encountered and as a result an unequivocal great buy".
Authored by David Vivian.
I myself have no personal experience with these amps. Just relaying some info generally not accessible in the US.
Had a pair of 1L mono blocks for my Maggie 1.7 and amps kept blowing finally got rid of them and settled on a Parasound 2.1 integrated which has had no problem with the speakers. Big improvements in sound and staging. The emos are rated high watt but they won’t give you the current capacity which is more important.
The 1L will deliver a good amount of watts, but the transformer is somewhat light at only 450VA. The Parasound integrated looks to have a much larger transformer, but not as much capacitance. It could be a number of reasons why the Emotiva 1L could not supply the current.
The Emotiva amps stock are quite bright and harsh, although I do not have experience with Gen 3 and their new switching power supply (also with no fuse). If you absolutely need to have that much power and have a limited budget, the Emotiva amps can sound nice when you convert the fuses to Isoclean or Furutech (or a combination of).
Using Emotiva XPA 5 Gen3 in my HT setup and am quite happy with it there. Has everything I need for a great experience with both movies and concert videos. Not so sure about if I'd be happy with Emotiva in a 2 channel music setting. SS class D amps have not yet attained the plateau that a class A,A/B are occupying.