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Question There's that guy again! B&K vs. Emotiva???

As many of you know I have been back and fourth on my home theater revamp. Forgive the indecisiveness but I don't upgrade often and there for want to be sure of my selections.

I have decided to keep my B&K 7150 as the pusher for my center and four rears and am now shopping for the amp that will push my FRT. R&L. The reputation of the B&K's being worm and open are true and that's what I like most about the one I have.

Though I was not that impressed with a 125wpc that I had some time back when paired with the 200wpr 7150 that I have now. It seemed very week in compairison; much more so than I would have ever expected from a 75wpc diff in there rating.

So here I am considering a B&K Reference 4420 @ 225wpc. or a XPA-2 @ 300wpc. Question is would the Emotiva be as worm and full as the 7150? I know the Reference 4420 would be a good match but would I be giving up on a chance to really improve on my stereo performance and sound stage?
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My only experience with Emotiva so far has been a UMC-1 paired with a Parasound HCA-1205a. The combo sounded excellent for movies and music. A few years back I was using a B&K Ref 4420 with a McIntosh C-15 preamp. To date, that has been my favorite combo to power my Studio 100's. Regretfully, I no longer have the McIntosh or B&K
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p.s. what speakers are you using for mains? Have you taken a look at this thread for estimating required amplifier capability? http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...-not-clip.html
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As many of you know I have been back and fourth on my home theater revamp. Forgive the indecisiveness but I don't upgrade often and there for want to be sure of my selections.

I have decided to keep my B&K 7150 as the pusher for my center and four rears and am now shopping for the amp that will push my FRT. R&L. The reputation of the B&K's being worm and open are true and that's what I like most about the one I have.

Though I was not that impressed with a 125wpc that I had some time back when paired with the 200wpr 7150 that I have now. It seemed very week in compairison; much more so than I would have ever expected from a 75wpc diff in there rating.

So here I am considering a B&K Reference 4420 @ 225wpc. or a XPA-2 @ 300wpc. Question is would the Emotiva be as worm and full as the 7150? I know the Reference 4420 would be a good match but would I be giving up on a chance to really improve on my stereo performance and sound stage?
the xpa 2 will knock the socks off of the bk

but if you can afford more go for 2 xpa 1 mono blocks emo is giving them away so cheaply
now.. a revamp is coming soon..

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My only experience with Emotiva so far has been a UMC-1 paired with a Parasound HCA-1205a. The combo sounded excellent for movies and music. A few years back I was using a B&K Ref 4420 with a McIntosh C-15 preamp. To date, that has been my favorite combo to power my Studio 100's. Regretfully, I no longer have the McIntosh or B&K
check out emo's xsp 1 anolog pre amp took my studio 100s v5 to another sweet level...

also the new differential dc 1 dac is awesome...

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the xpa 2 will knock the socks off of the bk

but if you can afford more go for 2 xpa 1 mono blocks emo is giving them away so cheaply
now.. a revamp is coming soon..

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Who has the Mono Blocks for sale??
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p.s. what speakers are you using for mains? Have you taken a look at this thread for estimating required amplifier capability? http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...-not-clip.html
I am running the B&W 805's for FRT. L&R and the matching B&W Center; Sub is a B&W AWS-2000. As rears as of today (Just left at door) I will once mounted be running SVS SBS-02's for my RR, LR, CRR, CLR. I just couldn't not buy these at the blow out pricing that SVS is offering and the advice some good people here had given. I have bigger plains but like most as the piggy bank can manage. So for now I am adding the SBS's; most likely the Emotiva UMC-200 Pre-Pro and what ever two channel amp that I end up with.
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I am running the B&W 805's for FRT. L&R and the matching B&W Center...
The B&K will be more than capable of powering your B&Ws to reference levels (see here: http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...-not-clip.html)


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the xpa 2 will knock the socks off of the bk

but if you can afford more go for 2 xpa 1 mono blocks emo is giving them away so cheaply
now.. a revamp is coming soon..

cheers..
DeltaDube - have you actually heard any of the B&K amps? What is the basis of your comparison - specs alone?

rpearson - The XPA-2 and XPA-1 go far beyond the needs of the B&W 805. But if you want to go overkill, or if you are just curious to try them, there is certainly no harm in that. The only thing you will gain is the ability to drive them farther beyond their power handling capability (and beyond the pain threshold of your ears).
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check out emo's xsp 1 anolog pre amp took my studio 100s v5 to another sweet level...

also the new differential dc 1 dac is awesome...

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If I go back to analog 2-channel it will be McIntosh, Parasound, or B&K. I'm not bashing Emotiva, they make excellent gear at a good price, and it's nice to look at.
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The B&K will be more than capable of powering your B&Ws to reference levels (see here: http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...-not-clip.html)



DeltaDube - have you actually heard any of the B&K amps? What is the basis of your comparison - specs alone?

rpearson - The XPA-2 and XPA-1 go far beyond the needs of the B&W 805. But if you want to go overkill, or if you are just curious to try them, there is certainly no harm in that. The only thing you will gain is the ability to drive them farther beyond their power handling capability (and beyond the pain threshold of your ears).
its all about having the power for the dynamics...

bw 805 on some xpr 1 mono blocks if you got the coin would be best!!!!!!

you dont understand dynamics and music and spikes of power needed on demand..

hearing is believing..

hey you can drive a bicycle from a to b or you can drive an sl 500

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