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. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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