Emotiva Audio Corporation has introduced the second-generation of their classic XPA-2 Stereo Power Amplifier, a completely revamped and refined two-channel amp that boasts new features, new functionality, and a sleek new look.
To up the ante with the new XPA-2 Gen 2, Emotiva refined the XPA-2’s circuit topology to convey the true essence of the music even more accurately, and to deliver it over an even more impressively silent noise floor.
The new XPA-2 Gen 2 also sports several mechanical improvements like solid machined gold-plated RCA jacks, high-quality metal toggle switches for input selection, and cleaner, bolder aesthetics, complete with a new high-strength chassis for added durability.
“Our first-generation XPA-2 was called ‘a beast, a monster, an abominable snowman on steroids’,” said Dan Laufman, president of Emotiva. “With the XPA-2 Gen 2, we took that beast and sent her to finishing school. The result is not only more refined performance, but a more refined appearance, as well. And she’s flexible enough to stick with you even as your audio system evolves.”
In the upgrade process, the XPA-2 Gen 2 also gained a boost in power, up from 250 watts per channel to 300 watts RMS per channel at 8Ω with 0.07 percent total harmonic distortion. For 4Ω loads, the amp retains its 500 watts RMS per channel output with 0.12 percent THD, and, like its predecessor, the XPA-2 Gen 2 can be switched into Monoblock mode to deliver 1000 watts RMS into an 8Ω load.
That means a single XPA-2 Gen 2 can serve as the center of a two-channel system or, when combined with Emotiva’s XPA-5 Gen 2 Five-Channel Power Amplifier, the front-channel bedrock of a 7.1-channel home theater system. When it comes time for that eventual upgrade to monoblocks, the user can simply add a second XPA-2 Gen 2, and switch both of them into Bridged mode, to experience the virtually unlimited power and dynamic headroom that only monoblocks can provide.
In addition, Emotiva is currently running a promotion that gives buyers of qualifying products—including the XPA-2 Gen 2—100 Emo Bucks, a special one-time-use coupon worth $100 off any order from Emotiva within two years of issuance. Emo Bucks acquired during this promotion are void if copied, sold, purchased, assigned, transferred, exchanged, or where prohibited or restricted by law, and are valid for online and phone orders only.