Emotiva XPR-5 power amp?

I'm debating on purchasing an Emotiva XPR-5 5 channel home theater amplifier and I 'm concerned of the reliability issues I've read about in certain threads. Can anyone give they're opinion on the pros and cons of this piece in detail if possible. I am running a Emotiva UMC-200 pre amp with Casta Acoustic model A's all around for home theatre. Very efficient speakers mated with Hidiamond top cords all around. My listening preference is 60/40 home theater/music. Thx in advance.
If your speakers are very efficient, there is NO way that an XPR-5 is called for. You could *easily* use Emotiva's UPA-500 amp which provide 80 honest watts/ch. And you'd only be spending $359 for it.

No need to overpay for an amp, unless you simply must impress someone with how much you spent...


PS; I have an Emotiva XPA-5 amp, 200 watts/ch., 5 channels driven, and it is a beast. Cost is about $850...
Rlwainwright, I'm interested in this amp for the reasons of the quality difference as apposed to the XPA-5. Difference in power supply(larger), quality parts, power reserves equals lesser heat. Larger headroom. Etc...I can deal with the price tag. It's mainly the quality-not quantity of power.
Well, if the "qaulity" of sound is what you're after, you might want to consider Emo's XPA-1L monoblocks - they are supposed to be the best-sounding Emo amps...

My friend is retired and listens to his stereo 8 > 10 hours a day. His XPA-2 has powered Maggies w/o any issues for a few years now. I have an XPA-200 and it also performs flawlessly.

Do you have the AC line to support that amp?

That amp that you are looking at is, no doubt, a monster. Emotiva is also a good company that generally stands behind its products. On the other hand, I've also read of some of the problems that others have had with Emotiva products that weren't taken care of to the customers' satisfaction.

In any case, your stated reasons for wanting the XPR are quality and head room. There have been other threads regarding the XPR amps, so I checked out the specs on them. I know that specs don't tell the whole story, but if you read them with the understanding that they are published by the manufacturer to cast a favorable light on the product, you can read between the lines and get a bit of information.

What bugs me about the XPR is that although it is rated at 400 wpc at 8 ohms, it is only rated to 600 watts at 4 ohms. Most really gutsy amps that I've looked at usually come close to doubling their power rating when the impedance is halved. I really don't know how this would affect the performance of an amp the size of the XPR, but it is a consideration nonetheless.

I also looked up the specs on your speakers. If their efficiency is truly at 93db, I've gotta tell you that 400 watts of amp on each channel is going to be a lot of overkill. I'm wondering how much of the range of your volume control you're really going to be able to use.

Really, a good amp rated at 100 wpc at 8 ohms and 200 wpc at 4 ohms will provide more than ample headroom and will get loud enough to just about blow your brains out.

The point that I'm trying to make is that with the XPR you will be paying for the quality of the components, but you are also paying for power that you will likely never use.

If quality is your concern, I will go out on a limb and say that better quality amps can be had for the price. I just saw a 150wpc, 6 channel Classe amp for sale in the ads for under $1400. I'll go further out on a limb and say that the Classe is a "better" amp than the Emotiva.

I do believe that the best deals can be had in the area of amplifiers on the used market. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever bought a brand new amp.
Tonyangel, I do have a dedicated 10guage cryoed 20 amp line. I am awaiting an EAD powermaster 2000 20 amp upgraded if it can get shipped out by seller. If not I am looking for a quality amp, silent, great extension and dynamics....etc. the ead should fit that category. Maybe a Theta 1 or maybe if I find a used Sim Titan.
Tonyangel, I understand you completely. So a Theta Dreadnaught 1 or Sim Titan is a way better choice.

I don't think I've ever heard either of those amps that you mentioned. The only point that I was making was that the specs on the Emotiva unit gave me pause, considering your goals for the new amp.

My point was that there are better choices out there. I've never had the opportunity to use an XPR amp, but have played with other Emotiva equipment and am still using an XDA-1 DAC. It is good stuff that I'd rate as good as the likes of NAD, Rotel or the like. It's good bang for the buck stuff.

I just think you can do better and I'm only mentioning it considering the cost of your speakers. Whenever I read specs, especially on an amp, I just assume that the specs are published to cast the most favorable light possible on the product. From this perspective, it just seems to me that the XPR falls a bit short when compared to other amps.