The XPA-9 Gen3 is a nine-channel version of our latest generation of modular audiophile power amplifiers. The XPA-9 Gen3 offers excellent technical performance, and an exceptionally accurate and dynamic rendition of all types of music, which makes it the ideal choice to power a great sounding home theater or surround sound music system. The XPA-9 Gen3 features five of our 300 Watt Single Channel Amplifier Modules and two of our 80 Watt Two Channel Amplifier Modules – for a total of five channels at 300 Watts/channel and four channels at 80 Watts/channel.
The XPA-9 Gen3 is the ideal amplifier to power a surround sound system that utilizes five large speakers, or three large speakers in the front (Left, Right, and Center) and six smaller surround or height speakers – and the perfect amplifier for driving a Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 system. The XPA-9 Gen3 would also be a great choice for driving a 7.1 or 7.2 channel surround sound system that also includes a pair of smaller speakers – perhaps ceiling speakers – in a second zone.
A new approach to amplifier design.
When we set out to make the new X Series line, we analyzed everything in every amplifier we’ve ever made, from front to back, inside, and out. In doing so, we discovered several areas where our years of experience, and advances in audio technology, indicated that we could make significant improvements in our amplifier designs. After carefully weighing all the pros and cons, we kept the best features of our original designs, added a new set of optimizations and improvements, and the result became the foundation of our new line of audiophile amplifiers. The XPA Gen 3 is a whole new ballgame.
The new XPA Gen3 Modular Amplifier is fully modular and configurable at the time you order it. A variety of different amplifier modules are available, giving you the power to choose just the number of channels and the amount of power you need today, and the flexibility to add more channels later when you need them.
All of our current configurations are built on the same chassis; and all of the modules in each chassis share one very robust power supply. Adding channels is as simple as adding more amplifier modules. No need to get rid of a perfectly good two channel amplifier when you want to move up to surround sound, or get rid of your five channel amplifier when you want to add a pair of height speakers. Why should you have to buy another amplifier when you’re perfectly happy with your current one, but you need a few more channels?
More power, Scotty!
In amplifier design, everything starts and ends with power. Sure, the sound quality is critical, and that’s where the amplifier circuitry comes in, but, if you don’t have your power supply right, the best amplifier design in the world can’t save you.
The new XPA Series utilizes a high-current switch mode power supply. It’s a power supply capable of delivering over 3 kVA of continuous power with absolute reliability and extremely high efficiency. It gives you the dynamic attributes of a classic transformer-based design with none of the downside. It’s lightweight, intelligent, and extremely powerful!
Massive old school transformers and giant filter capacitors are rendered obsolete. They just can’t compete. It’s a revolution in power design, and it’s the backbone of the new XPA Gen3 Modular Amplifier System. It’s the way of the future, and it’s here now.
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The XPA Gen 3 modular amplifier series uses the same core circuit topology as our legendary XPR series amplifiers. A unique differential input stage, with a cross-linked current source, drives a balanced VAS stage. The advanced input stage is tied to a fully complementary output stage and delivers a holistic, natural, and powerful listening experience. Low-level musical details and dialogue emerge from a deep black background. Its wide bandwidth, low distortion performance reveals every nuance of your high- resolution sources. The XPA amplifiers will drive difficult loudspeakers with absolute authority and control, and will keep their cool while doing so.
Our highly regarded Soft-Switch™ Class H power supply topology increases the efficiency of the new XPA amplifiers without compromising the audio performance you’d expect from an Emotiva amplifier. At lower power levels, the amplifiers operate on a lower supply voltage to minimize quiescent power consumption and standby power losses. When the amplifier control circuitry detects a fast rising input signal that will exceed the lower power voltage, it instantly switches to a higher voltage rail to ensure that the signal can pass cleanly without clipping. This process happens on a continuous basis, in real time, and it allows much greater overall efficiency than previous designs. In actual operation, the XPA amplifiers are cool running, which contributes to much longer component life, reduced power consumption, and increased reliability.
All of the benefits of a classic Class A/B design without the wasted heat, weight, and power of a conventional fixed rail design – Cool.
Real Power. Really.
You can’t even begin to compare the power capabilities of most existing AV receivers to the massive power capacity of our new XPA Series amplifiers. Our massive 3 kVA power supply provides an almost endless reservoir of clean regulated power, enabling our amplifiers to drive even complex loads with ease. Most expensive AV receivers, and even some supposedly “high end” amplifiers, deliver a reasonable amount of power from one or two channels, but let you down when you try to play a really demanding musical passage. Some of them are only rated with a single channel driven, while others may throw in some sort of “burst power” measurement dreamed up by the marketing guys, or may only be rated at 6 Ohms. Seriously, we couldn’t make this stuff up. They may think this is a brilliant way to make their equipment look better on paper. We don’t agree!
We give you the real specs on our amplifier modules, and we give you full specs, with all channels driven, into a typical 8 Ohm speaker load, on all of our base models. (Because we offer so many different configurations, we can’t provide a full set of measurements on every one. However, we’ve designed all our amplifiers to deliver all the power you need under actual listening conditions – and we back up that claim with 3 kVA of real solid power.) Just compare our XPA Gen3 to a few of those competing models; the difference is audible and obvious.
The bottom line is that our new XPA Gen3 amplifiers will deliver the full power and majesty of today’s high definition movie and music sources without a hint of strain, loss of detail, or control. We’re talking about real-world power and fidelity that you can immediately hear and appreciate. No excuses, no compromises, and no double-talk.
The Heart of Your System
Our new XPA Gen3 amplifiers aren’t just about power and impact. Attached to that massive power supply are audiophile-grade amplifier modules, built using premium components, and carefully tuned to deliver both impressive performance and superb sound. We use the finest materials and the latest technologies to bring you world-class products. They are carefully engineered and designed to work together as stunningly capable, reliable, and refined systems. We listened both to you, and our gear, and we like what we hear.
Best of all, when it’s time to upgrade or your needs change, the XPA Series Modular Amplifier System is easily reconfigured to meet your needs. What? No planned obsolescence?
Others might say it’s heresy. We say… sit back and have a listen.
Are you starting to see a trend?
Designed, Assembled, and Tested in the U.S.A.
- True audiophile-quality sound – as with all of our amplifiers, the XPA Gen3 modular power amplifier was designed first and foremost to sound superb in all types of audio systems.
- Amazing sounding wideband, low distortion amplifier design – ensures smooth, detailed sound and incredibly natural imaging – without a trace of harshness or strain.
- Optimized Soft-Switch Class H™ power supply topology – delivers improved efficiency without compromising audio performance.
- Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) – offers all of the performance of a traditional linear power supply, while improving efficiency and reliability, and reducing overall weight.
- Fully modular construction – allows you to purchase as many channels as you need today, and then add more channels later when and if you need them.
- Top quality parts and construction throughout – promise years of reliable service.
- Totally stable – designed for use in the real world, with real speakers.
- Heavy steel 4RU chassis with milled aluminum faceplate – provide strength and rugged good looks.
- Gold plated five-way speaker binding posts with clear shields – allow you to use a wide range of speaker cables with bare wires, lugs, or banana plugs.
- Solid machined gold-plated RCA input connectors – provide a reliable connection with a wide variety of audio interconnects.
- Choice of balanced or unbalanced inputs – independently controlled by high-reliability metal toggle switches to ensure long service life.
- Remote trigger input and output – allows the XPA Gen3 to be turned on by trigger-enabled equipment, and to activate other trigger-enabled equipment.
- Audiophile-grade fault protection – entirely transparent under normal conditions, yet protects the amp and your other equipment from all common fault conditions.
- World compliant AC line voltage operation – the XPA Gen3 operates on any line voltage between 100 VAC and 250 VAC 50/60Hz and is protected from faults by a rugged resettable circuit breaker.
- Standard IEC power inlet – fits all standard and audiophile IEC power cables.
- Full five-year warranty – ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy your XPA Gen3 amplifier for years to come.
The XPA Gen3 modular power amplifier is comprised of a heavy-duty chassis, which houses the oversized power supply, and up to seven amplifier modules. The XPA Gen3 can be purchased with anywhere between two and seven amplifier modules installed, and additional amplifier modules may be installed as more channels of amplification are needed (up to a maximum of seven modules). The front panel display and protection system are designed to work with the maximum number of channels, and so need not be updated when the XPA Gen3 is expanded; on the rear panel, slots not occupied by amplifier modules will be covered with protective cover panels.
Note: To ensure that additional amplifier channels are installed properly, and function to our specifications, additional amplifier modules must be installed by Emotiva, or by your local authorized Emotiva service representative.
A Word About Power Ratings
Music is, by its nature, dynamic. While it’s relatively common for the two main channels in a stereo amplifier to be asked to simultaneously deliver high power levels, it is very uncommon for more than two channels to be called upon to deliver high power continuously at the same time, and this almost never occurs outside of laboratory test conditions.
In order to deliver the most dynamic performance where it counts – with real music – we have designed the XPA Gen3 modular power amplifier with a single immense power supply, which is able to deliver massive power continuously to any two channels, and to deliver huge amounts of power dynamically to any number of channels when and if called upon to do so.
If you measure any two channels in a multi-channel XPA Gen3 Modular Amp, you will find that they can continuously deliver just as much power as the two channel version of that amp (with the same modules), and that power is available to any channels in that amp that call for it. We think this is what counts when you’re actually listening to music – limitless power where and when you actually need it. However, if you measure one of the multi-channel models with all channels driven, you may find that the power output for each channel is slightly lower. We don’t consider that to be very important but, because we have nothing to hide, we also provide those measurements on all of our base models.
A fully modular audio power amplifier with a high-efficiency switch mode power supply (SMPS), independent, fully discrete, dual differential, high current, short signal path Class A/B amplifier modules, Optimized Class H™ power supply topology, and microprocessor-controlled fault protection.