July 31, 2013 by Grant Clauser
So how do you improve an already popular 250 watt/channel stereo amp? You add more power, new circuitry and a make it a little prettier.
Emotiva’s XPA-2 stereo amplifier boasts 50 more watts per channel (at 8 ohms, 0.07% THD) over the original XPA-1,or 500 per channel at 4 ohms. It can also be used as a monoblock amp delivering 1,000 watts/channel at 8 ohms.
A new circuit topology is said to deliver a more “impressively silent” noise floor as well.
Other audio tech features include a fully discrete, dual differential, high current, short signal path Class A/B topology and a 1,200VA toroidal transformer with 45,000uF of storage.
The XPA-2 also received some new aesthetic touches like solid machined gold-plated RCA jacks, high-quality metal toggle switches for input selection, and cleaner aesthetic design, complete with a new high-strength chassis for added durability. Emotiva president Dan Laufman says it’s overall “a more refined” appearance.
The XPA-2 is available directly from Emotiva.com for $899.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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