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#161387 - 03/12/07 01:25 PM Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup?
bhull Offline

Registered: 02/21/07
Posts: 46
I THOUGHT I was done with selecting my components. Here is what I have chosen so far...

M80/VP150/QS8 combo for Left, Right, Center and rears
HSU VTF-3MK3 for sub

Now I have been trying to select something to drive them. I have narrowed it down to the

Emotiva LMC-1/LPA-1 combo or
Outlaw 1070

Pros and cons, the Emo is rated at 125W into 8 ohms(225 at 4) all channels driven. The Outlaw is half the power rating at 65w into 8 ohms (no 4 ohm rating on web site), but it has a lip snyc delay the Emo lacks. So far I have only had one lip sync issue watching DirectTV, and it was solved by unplugging the receiver and restarting it. I had chosen the Outlaw at first and kept seeing Emotiva mentioned by many people. I checked it out and my jaw dropped when I saw the specs for the price. But I have to admit, there is a flag up with me right now, the Emo combo almost sounds too good to be true.

Right now I am leaning on the Emo since I will be driving the 4ohm M80s. I had been a somewhat concerned that the Outlaw would be a little on the lean side for power. I do not have the money for the 1070/monoblock combo. I do enjoy high listening levels in a vaulted ceiling room measuring approximately 16x20 and opens into the kitchen and hallway

Thanks for any advice.

Edited by bhull (03/12/07 01:49 PM)

#161388 - 03/12/07 02:15 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: bhull]
ravi_singh Offline

Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal
I haven't heard either... however, I have heard from others that the Emotiva is an extremely impressive product.

They are also offering a 5 year warranty, and a %40 discount on next generation surround processors.

The Outlaw is a good unit, but will have slightly less power. If you plan on listening at really loud levels, the Emotiva will more likely suit your needs.

I also find the Emotiva is prettier to look at.

If I had to pick, I'd buy the Emotiva. I am in fact looking to purchase from them as soon as I move.

#161389 - 03/12/07 02:48 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: bhull]
PeterChenoweth Offline

Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 1349
Loc: Jacksonville, IL
I really like my LPA-1. I have no complaints and it's doing exactly what I expect of a good amplifier to do.

But do check out the forums over on regarding the LMC. From what I've read, it's a very good and solid receiver sound-quality wise, but it has had some 'teething' issues with some functionality.

There are threads regarding problems with the LMC switching surround modes when it shouldn't be, or surround sound modes not really working as they are supposed to. There was also talk about crossover settings not really working as people had expected in certain sitautions. I won't say anything more, simply because I can't remember the details off the top of my head. Essentially, the LMC is great but not perfect. I don't know if all of the issues have been worked out, but I have read a few threads over there indicating that newer units don't have some of the quirks of the older ones. YMMV.

That said, if I came home and found that my Pioneer AVR had died, I probably wouldn't hesitate in ordering a LMC to replace it.

Edited by PeterChenoweth (03/12/07 02:52 PM)
M80v2 | VP150v2 | QS8v2
SVS Pci+ 20-39
Emotiva UMC-1 & LPA-1
M22ti + T-Amp, in the Office

#161390 - 03/12/07 05:37 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: bhull]
bhull Offline

Registered: 02/21/07
Posts: 46
I think I found my answer. I have posted this in the AVS forums also, here is the cut and paste of what I wrote over there.

Ok, I was reading the thread over at Audioholics that was started on their review of the LMC/LPA combo. Someone posted the link to the LPA owners manual.

The power rating on the Emo website here states the following

Rated Power Output: Channels 1-5 (All Channels Driven at 0.04%THD, 120vAC/ 60HZ supply) 8 ohm: 125 watts / 4 ohm: 225 watts

However, buckeyefan 1 posted a link to the owners manual on the AH thread here

If you scroll down this PDF document, you will find the following on page 24.

Rated Power Output: (All Channels Driven @ 1Khz 120VAC/ 60HZ supply, THD noted)
Channels 1-5 125 Watts into 8 Ohms (0.04%THD)
225 Watts into 4 Ohms (0.04%THD)
Channels 6-7 50 Watts into 8 Ohms (0.05%THD)
95 Watts into 4 Ohms (0.05%THD)

Notice here, they state this was all channels driven @1Khz where as the Outlaw is 65W@ 8ohms 20hz-20Khz. Now, I dont want to start a debate on the all channels driven test, but this gives me a hint on how they can make this combo for under $1k, I knew there had to be something. I would still like to see a true all channels driven test for this amp. If it doesn't fall on its face at the other parts of the freq spectrum, then we truely have a deal here.

I feel the information presented on the Emotiva website regarding this product is slightly misleading....I am not saying they lied, they never stated full frequency sweep, however they definately omitted it.

I am also not knocking this amp, I am just trying to get the hard information on what these different amps are capable of so I can make an informed decision.

#161391 - 03/12/07 07:32 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: bhull]
ravi_singh Offline

Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal
you could also look into some HK receivers, they are very nice, very powerful. Denon as well, and Onkyo.

#161392 - 03/13/07 01:13 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: bhull]
richeydog Offline

Registered: 05/24/04
Posts: 1201
Loc: Fresno, CA
I asked Lonnie Vaughn at Emotiva about the 1khz power ratings and this is what he had to say:


The true power spec on the LPA-1 is 125 x 5 into 8 ohms and 65 x 2 into 8 ohms all channels driven with a broad band frequency response of 10-50Khz. From 20 to 20 the frequency response and power output is for all practical purposes completely flat and the amp will deliver the rated power across the band. Now the actual frequency response of the unit is from 10-50Khz @ -1db, thus the power spec can be derived from that as well, but this would just tend to confuse most people. To make the testing go faster in production, the Audio Precisions are set up to run a frequency sweep to very the power response is flat and then it just does a 1K measurement.

Any comments from the electronic gurus on this board are more than welcome.

#161393 - 03/13/07 02:21 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: richeydog]
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13341
Loc: Iowa
Lonnie is one guy that I would trust, not some AVS member.
M80s-VP180-QS8s-EP600-2xEP350 Denon3808 Outlaw7700
Audio Nirvana

#161394 - 03/13/07 09:42 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: richeydog]
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10406
Mike, if the statement in the quote is true that the power output "for all practical purposes"(whatever that means)is "completely flat" from 20-20KHz, then they should have done the testing under the FTC regs for the full range and simply published it as a 20-20KHz rating(as is typically now done, for all but the lowest-cost units), rather than only at 1KHz, which is the "official" rating. The present "issue" about the power could have then easily been avoided.

Personally, the 1KHz rating in that quality of a unit doesn't create a significant issue, since the output at 20Hz typically wouldn't be more than about 5-10% lower than at 1KHz, which is a trivial difference.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#161395 - 03/13/07 09:52 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: JohnK]
dllewel Offline

Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 1189
Loc: Utah, USA
Agreed John.

Publishing the official rating from 20-20kHz would have been best to eliminate ANY concerns.

M80s VP150 QS8s EP500s

#161396 - 03/13/07 11:14 PM Re: Emotiva LMC/LPA or Outlaw 1070 for M80 setup? [Re: dllewel]
richeydog Offline

Registered: 05/24/04
Posts: 1201
Loc: Fresno, CA
This is my feeling exactly, Dave. If the amp only delivers 100 to 115 watts(all channels driven), I would be cool with that.

Surely a few watts isn't going to make a difference...but I would still like to know the 20hz to 20khz rating so I can sleep peacefully at night...
AV123 Refugee - X-LS Encore, X-Voce, X-Omnis, Elt-Dpa's
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