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#232853 - 12/05/08 12:09 AM EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS..........
Arctikdeth Offline
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Registered: 10/23/08
Posts: 40
Loc: Chicago burbs, IL.
any thoughts from everyone..? the good, the bad,.......emotiva and m-80's.....4 ohm load. emotiva xpa-2, and xpa-1 mono block. reviews, recomendations,......HELP>........
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#232856 - 12/05/08 12:25 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: Arctikdeth]
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Registered: 09/19/08
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Loc: Dallas
Lonnie who designed the xpa amps recommended that I consider 2 xpa1s after an xpa2 failed to drive 2 m80s without going into protect at normal volumes. Pretty sure the setup would work and sound good, but at that price point there may be better options that are less unwieldy.
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#232857 - 12/05/08 12:30 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: SatKartr]
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Lonnie had me try bi-amping my m80's using the extra monoblock amplifiers in my MPS-1, I think I got maybe a few extra dB's before it shut down as well. Some others have not had issues with some of the other Emotiva amps, but I'm not sure if they tried driving them to the same levels.
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#232862 - 12/05/08 12:57 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: SirQuack]
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Registered: 10/23/08
Posts: 40
Loc: Chicago burbs, IL.
so the emo stuff cant drive the m-80s'?? or were they damaged amps. would you purchase asgain if you knew they worked. was the sound good, clean, soundstage,..? im considering buying, and would like inout from you guys...appreciate your time n help

i have some of the first series of m-80's, they have some hours on them,...hopefullt the amps will fair pretty well with the m-80's i hope nothing shuts down anytime soon, as love the loud sound of Paul Gilberts guitar,..Racer-x!!!!!!!


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#232865 - 12/05/08 02:59 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: Arctikdeth]
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Registered: 11/29/06
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 Originally Posted By: Arctikdeth
so the emo stuff cant drive the m-80s'?? or were they damaged amps. would you purchase asgain if you knew they worked. was the sound good, clean, soundstage,..? im considering buying, and would like inout from you guys...appreciate your time n help


I drive M80's with Emo's DMC-1/MPS-1 combo and have no (more)issues - see post in HT. Good clean soundstage, great imaging, but that probably has more to do with the speakers. I'm actually considering their new pre-pro but waiting for reviews. I actually have no need to replace any of my HT equipment. I'm quite happy with my system.

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#232883 - 12/05/08 08:44 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: a401classic]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Austin, TX
Run a search for Emotiva. There are numerous discussions about this very topic that have occurred very recently.

Summary: While it works well for some (maybe even most), there is no question in my mind that you run a far higher risk than normal of having problems by combining the two. They just don't seem to play as well together as other speaker/amp combos. If I was buying today, I'd be looking at other options.

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#232887 - 12/05/08 09:09 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: myrison]
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Registered: 04/04/07
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Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
I was really thinking about getting an XPA-2... but after the comments from some who have (with the m80's ) I decided its not a good idea.
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#232892 - 12/05/08 09:39 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: terzaghi]
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Registered: 01/29/04
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Loc: Iowa
The sound was awesome, but it kept shutting down, even when watching movies with explosions, etc.... rediculous. I tried 2-3 replacement amp modules for the MPS-1, even bi-amped two of them to one m80, same thing. Not sure about the newer amps they have, this was a year and a half ago.
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#232898 - 12/05/08 10:17 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: SirQuack]
alan Offline
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Registered: 01/29/02
Posts: 3178
Loc: Toronto/New York/Dwight
Hi all,

I'll tell you one big power amplifier that won't shut down driving the 4-ohm M80s or even lower impedances to 2 ohms, and that's Axiom's A1400-8. Yep, it costs more than the Emotivas, but what sort of bargain is a power amplifier that overheats and shuts down when you drive it hard into a 4-ohm load?

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#232900 - 12/05/08 10:20 AM Re: EMOTIVA AMPLIFIERS.......... [Re: SirQuack]
Tyns Offline
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Registered: 07/10/08
Posts: 13
I have an MPS-2 driving 2 M80v2's (and nothing else atm) and it works flawlessly. MPS-2 modules rated 300 watts @ 4 ohms, 200 watts @ 8 ohms.

I plan on adding a center channel and two surrounds shortly, hopefully this won't cause me problems.

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