1. Luckbad

    Luckbad Traded in a unicorn for a Corolla

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    Starting a thread for Emotiva, a nice bang-for-the-buck Made in USA outfit similar to Schiit but without the die-hard following (or TOTL offerings as of yet).

    I have a Big Ego at work and it's super capable, especially at its price.

    The DC-1 is heralded as one of the best bang-for-the-buck balanced DACs out there as well.

    For the ultra-nerdy, there's a 226 page Audio Precision report available for the latter:
    http://emotiva.com/resources/media/DC1_AP_Report.pdf

    Does anyone else rock any Emotiva gear? Most people who have their stuff seem to have other home theater components than DACs/Amps.
     
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    Surprise surprise. Jason is a proud owner of some of their speaker amps.

    I'm looking to get one for my speaker set up someday.
     
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    I think most of their stuff are made in China? Not that it really matters...
     
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    thegunner100 Hentai Master Chief

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    I have their discontinued Emotiva ASM stand which has served me pretty well. I've tried their old Airmotiv 4 and A100 before a year or two back. They're having a nice sale right now for those interested. I'd love to hear more thoughts about their speaker amps from people here.
     
  5. Perot

    Perot Almost "Made"

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    I've been consideringtheir 2 channel preamp to put between my DAC and powered speakers. I also have a sub I've never happily integrated and considering buying a cheap\value turntable. Thus the croosever bass management and phono pre appeal to me. Anyone used or heard the XSP1?
     
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    I use a pair of Airmotiv 4s's with a logitech bluetooth widget for a budget living room music setup. For those purposes, they work really well.

    The Stealth DC-1 is a very good DAC. I didn't take to the sound of the Big Ego when I owned it. (I brought one to the Tweak Audio late summer Chicago meet...which had a Geek Out V2+ prototype available. It didn't compare favorably >.< Nice build quality and feature set though and for a very, very good price. All U.S. parts & labor too for the Big Ego, which deserves at least a special mention.)
     
  7. velvetx

    velvetx Gear Master West/Vendor Spotlight Moderator

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    They are currently having a huge sale till the end of the year. Just bought a DC-1 DAC to tide me over while I save for the Yggdrasil ($400 on sale can't beat that).
     
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    I have had their XPA-5 multichannel amp to drive 3 Revel speakers for about five years now. Although one channel has become on and off soon after I received it, it otherwise has been a good workhorse. It sounds moderately warm, plenty of power. I think they have a good customer service. But I haven't tried to ship it back for service, the major reason being that it is very heavy and without handles so that it is intimidating to move and pack.
     
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    Emotiva and their people know their shit. I have a DC-1 I bought a couple years and although many others came and went, I never let go of my DC-1. It does everything I need it to do and more. Very clean, neutral sound signature. Just gets out of the way and that's probably why such products may not attract a lot of attention. I just wish their Ego DACs were (more) smartphone compatible.
    BTW, I also have their Stealth 6 monitors which are simply awesome. I again went through tons of passive speakers, amps (incl Emotiva) but settled on powered because it's convenient and seems to make more common sense.
    I actually read almost 150 pages of the DC-1's measurement datsheet until I realized what I was doing. It's all good.
     
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    I have never heard the XSP-1 per se but I have heard another one of their cheaper preamps and it did a stellar job of what it was meant to. Very transparent, superbly engineered stuff and with good aesthetics.
     
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    Emotiva is great, waiting on delivery of their Airmotiv 5s powered monitors to connect to my Gungnir Multibit.

    Their XDA-2 Gen2 DAC (now on closeout) is an awesome deal if you need most of those inputs/outputs/features.
     
  12. Luckbad

    Luckbad Traded in a unicorn for a Corolla

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    The Big Ego is why I believe the Regen actually works, at least in some setups. It had a few rough edges at work from its crappy USB, but got very smooth with the Uptone Regen.
     

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