And the class AB amplifier is good for that traditional organic, earthy, warm musical sound quality. The so-called ‘LF and HF trim’ facility, better known to the rest of us as tone controls, are also adjusted digitally (but are not digital) on the front panel using the Boost and Cut buttons on the bottom left hand part of the fascia. The configurations start out at $1,200 for the DR1 monoblock version, the DR2 is $1,600 for two channels and $2,000 gets you the DR3 three channel version. Instead of an old school volume pot, there is a digitally-controlled resistor ladder network that promises superior channel matching. In addition to the XPA-DR2 stereo version tested here, there’s the DR1 monoblock (£1300) and the DR3 three-channel variant (£2150). Meanwhile, Home Theatre Bypass, Processor Loop and source Direct buttons are also provided alongside a Dim button for the large, centrally mounted vacuum fluorescent display. The rear panel also hosts the row of bays that take the XPA-DR2’s amp modules, three of which are blanked off on this particular model. With a claimed 550W on tap, this US-made pre/power amplifier combo offers serious quantities of sound per pound. Master power, remote trigger sockets and a reset button complete the picture. Emotiva, Emotiva XPA, Emotiva Gen3, Power Amplifier, Power Amplifier Reviews 2016 That wasn’t all; the amps were based on a new Class H amplifier design and a switch mode power supply. The XPA-DR1 provides massive power, superb dynamics, incredible resolution, and … Founder and CEO Dan Laufman started the company back in 2005 with the express intention of bringing value to the hi-fi market, having already made a successful career for himself as an OEM electronics manufacturer [see our Dan Kaufman interview]. Emotiva’s DR Series’ XPA-DR1 mono, XPA-DR2 two-channel and XPA-DR3 three-channel models utilise up to three pairs of Differential Reference Amplifier Modules, fed by a 3kW switch mode power supply. The balanced/bridged modules described by PM in his Building Bridges sidebar effectively occupy two bays each, which explains why the ‘DR’ version of the amp is available up to three channels only. Emotiva's new DR series (as shown in the above photo) is a configurable amplifier that can go from one to three channels. 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It’s often said that less can actually be more. There’s also an option to limit the maximum level at turn-on, which might just save your loudspeakers one day! It sports a pressed steel case with a great many cooling vents on top, and a well-finished satin-black brushed aluminium fascia making it a cosmetic match for its preamplifier brother. Lindemann Musicbook Source & Power 1000 Network DAC/Pre and Power Amp, Chord Ultima Pre 2/Ultima 2 Pre/Power Amplifier, PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC & Stellar M700 DAC/Preamp/Monoblocks, PrimaLuna EVO 400 series Pre/Power Amplifier, D'Agostino Relentless Mono Power Amplifier, Audio Research REF160S Tube Power Amplifier, Audio Analogue Bellini/ Donizetti Anniversary Pre/Power Amplifier, Simaudio MOON 740P/860A v2 Pre/Power Amplifier, PS Audio Stellar Power Plant 3 Mains Regenerator, Just For The Record... 2020's Record Store Days. He should have heard the Maggies singing with the Emotiva XPA Gen3. The XPA-DR1 is a true monoblock power amplifier, and features a single Differential Reference Amplifier Module, in a true monoblock configuration, powered by its own dedicated 3 kW switch mode power supply. Together they are class H.". "However due to how the power supply works, as you add more modules the power drops a bit. Tennessee-based Emotiva is an avowedly ‘budget audiophile’ brand that says you can have your cake and eat it, so to speak. I would never tell him this, but I think O. should smoke a joint before he listens. This new third generation XSP-1 preamp (£1419) and matching XPA-DR2 power amplifier (£1750) are the embodiment of this. This is a more efficient design of class AB which combines the topology of a switched-mode power supply with a class AB amplifier." According to Steele, the DR series "features a class H power supply, which trickles down from our XPR models. O. is no fan of the Magnepan .7. The Emotiva approximates but doesn't quite fulfill that requirement. If you do three, you get 440 watts per channel. In addition to its four RCA line inputs and two balanced XLR ins, there’s also an MM/MC phono stage. Analogue bass management is offered, with a choice of full range output or separate high frequency and low frequency outputs, with independently configurable crossover points. Done this way, loudspeaker and headphone volume settings are independent, and remembered when the amplifier is powered down. Starting with the XSP-1 Differential Reference preamplifier, this has a fully differential, all-analogue signal path and makes extensive use of surface-mount components. Schofield then also pointed out the new XPA Gen3 series which will also be shipping later this month, and is a modular system that can ultimately top out at fourteen channels in a single chassis! "These are capable of up to 600 watts per amp module," says the company's Damon Steele. Power Packs These offer a subtle ±3dB trim below 200Hz and above 4kHz. 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