The XPA-3 Gen3 is a three-channel audiophile power amplifier. The XPA-3 Gen3 offers excellent technical performance, and an exceptionally accurate and dynamic rendition of all types of music.
The XPA-3 Gen3 features three of our High-Powered Single Channel Modules – for a total of three high-powered channels, which makes it the ideal choice to power the three important front channels in a great sounding home theater or surround sound music system. The XPA-3 Gen3 delivers 275 Watts RMS x 3 into 8 Ohms with all channels driven (and 300 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms or 490 Watts RMS into 4 Ohms with two channels driven); and, because it’s modular, you can add up to four additional amplifier modules to the XPA-3 Gen3 when you decide you need them.
The Power Supply: The Foundation Of A Great Amplifier
In amplifier design, everything starts with the power supply. The XPA-3 Gen3 features our new high-current switch mode power supply (SMPS) - a lightweight, powerful, intelligent design capable of delivering over 3 kW of continuous power with absolute reliability and extremely high efficiency. Our cutting edge SMPS offers the dynamic attributes of a classic transformer-based design with none of the drawbacks. Like the best transformer-based power supplies, our SMPS delivers plenty of continuous power to enable our amplifier modules to live up to their full performance potential, and plenty of dynamic power to ensure that musical peaks will never be compressed or limited. However, compared to transformer-based designs, our SMPS is lighter and more efficient; it’s also fully regulated, which ensures optimum performance under a wider range of load conditions.
The Latest In A Long Line Of Great Amplifiers
The XPA-3 Gen3’s unique differential input stage, with cross-linked current sources, drives a balanced voltage amplification stage, and this advanced input circuitry delivers an incredibly accurate and pure audio signal to the complementary, fully discrete output stage. Together they deliver a holistic, natural, and powerful listening experience. Low-level musical details and dialogue emerge from a deep black background; musical crescendos are delivered with both stunning impact and precision. The wide bandwidth, low distortion performance of the XPA-3 Gen3 reveals every nuance of your high-resolution music sources, and it has plenty of power to drive even difficult loudspeakers with absolute authority and control.
Class A/B Sound Quality Meets Optimized Class H Efficiency
The High-Powered Single Channel Modules used in the XPA-3 Gen3 utilize a fully analog Class A/B output stage, and our highly regarded Soft-Switch™ Class H power supply topology, which increases their efficiency significantly without compromising the audio performance you’d expect from an Emotiva amplifier. They operate on a lower supply voltage at low power levels to minimize quiescent power consumption and standby power losses, instantly switching to a higher voltage rail when needed to ensure the signal passes cleanly and without clipping. This process happens on a continuous basis in real time, allowing greater overall efficiency, cooler operation, longer component life, reduced power consumption, and increased reliability.
The Benefits Of A Dedicated Power Amplifier
Most experts agree that, if you want the absolute best sound quality and technical performance, you should use dedicated separate components. Because our power amplifiers are designed for a single purpose, we can concentrate on ensuring that they perform that one task very well, and avoid the compromises inherent in products that are expected to perform a variety of different functions.
Our amplifier modules are designed to reproduce today’s high definition movie sound tracks and music sources with awesome realism, amazing finesse and precision, and without the slightest hint of strain or signal compression. Our specially designed 3 kW switch mode power supply delivers the tightly regulated continuous power and massive reserves of dynamic power necessary to enable our amplifier modules to perform to their ultimate potential. Together they deliver an experience that simply cannot be matched by multi-purpose components like receivers. We’re talking about real-world power and fidelity that you can immediately hear and appreciate.
Made in the USA
The XPA-3 Gen3 is designed, assembled, and tested in the USA, where we use the finest materials and latest technologies to bring you world-class products. Each Emotiva amplifier is carefully engineered and designed with premium components to deliver a stunningly capable, reliable, and refined system.
The Latest and Greatest
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-3 Gen 3 is a whole new ballgame.
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. (Three module slots in the XPA-5 Gen3 are already populated, which leaves room to add up to four additional amplifier modules later when you need them.)
Note: To ensure that amplifier channels are always installed properly, and function to our specifications, amplifier modules must be installed by Emotiva, or by your local authorized Emotiva service representative.
Sound Quality First
Designed first and foremost to sound superb in all types of audio systems with all types of music.
Low noise, low distortion, wideband amplifier design with traditional Class A/B output stage ensures smooth, detailed sound, without a trace of strain or harshness.
Totally stable with real world speakers in real systems; not just on a test bench.
Modern Efficient Circuit Design
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, with improved efficiency and reliability, and reduced overall weight.
Top quality parts and construction throughout for years of reliable trouble-free service.
Heavy steel 4RU chassis with milled aluminum faceplate offers strength and rugged good looks.
Solid machined gold-plated RCA input connectors provide a reliable connection with a wide variety of audio interconnects.
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.
Designed, assembled, and tested in the U.S.A. at our plant here in
Flexible Signal Connections and Power Options
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.
Choice of balanced or unbalanced input for each channel, independently controlled by reliable metal toggle switches.
Remote trigger input and output allow the XPA-3 Gen3 to control and be controlled by other trigger-enabled equipment.
World compliant AC line voltage operation enables the XPA-3 Gen3 to operate on any line voltage between 100 VAC and 250 VAC 50/60Hz.
Standard IEC power inlet fits all standard IEC power cables and most custom audiophile power cables.
Audiophile-grade fault protection is entirely transparent under normal listening conditions, yet protects the amp and your other equipment from virtually all common faults.
The XPA-3 Gen3 is protected from AC line faults by a rugged resettable rear panel push-button circuit breaker.
Full five-year warranty ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy your XPA-3 Gen3 amplifier for years to come.
The XPA-3 Gen3 is 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.
The XPA-3 is powered by a high efficiency, audiophile grade, Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS).
The XPA-3 Gen3 features three of our High-Powered Single Channel Modules.
Audio Specifications (Three High-Powered Single Channel Modules):
300 watts RMS/channel; 20 Hz – 20 kHz; THD<0.1%; 8 Ohms; one channel driven.
550 watts RMS/channel; 20 Hz – 20 kHz; THD<0.2%; 4 Ohms; one channel driven.
300 watts RMS/channel; THD<0.1%; 8 Ohms; two channels driven.
490 watts RMS/channel; THD<0.1%; 4 Ohms; two channels driven.
275 watts RMS/channel; THD<0.1%; 8 Ohms; ALL THREE channels driven.
Power Bandwidth (at rated power; 8 Ohm load): 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+ / – 0.1 dB).
Broad Band Frequency Response: 5 Hz to 80 kHz +0/-2 dB.
THD + noise: < 0.005%; at 100 watts RMS; 1 kHz; 8 Ohms.
Signal to Noise Ratio (8 Ohm load):
> 117 dB; ref FTC rated power; unbalanced input (A-weighted).
> 91 dB; ref 1 watt; unbalanced input (A-weighted).
Minimum Recommended Load Impedance (per channel): 4 Ohms
(which equals one 4 Ohm load or two paralleled 8 Ohm loads).
Damping Factor (8 Ohm load): > 500.
Input Sensitivity (for rated power; 8 Ohm load): 1.5 V.
Gain: 29 dB.
33 kOhms (balanced).
23.5 kOhms (unbalanced).
Input And Output Connections
Input Connections (High-Powered Single Channel Modules):
Unbalanced (RCA); balanced (XLR); one each per channel, independently selectable.
Input Connections (Stereo Modules):
2 Unbalanced (RCA); 2 balanced (XLR); two per channel, independently selectable.
Speaker Output Connections: Audiophile grade, gold plated, 5-way binding posts.
Trigger Input: 5 – 12 V (AC or DC); <10 mA input current required.
Trigger Output: 12 VDC; can drive any load up to 120 mA.
Between 100 VAC and 250 VAC @ 50 / 60 Hz (automatically detected).
Front Panel Controls and Indicators
Standby: push button (halo ring changes color to indicate Standby or On).
Status LEDs: one per channel; blue.
Status LEDs change to red to indicate a fault condition.
Rear Panel Controls
AC Power switch: rocker switch (switches AC main power).
Status LEDs switch: disables front panel Status LEDs and dims Standby button halo.
Input selector switches (one per channel):
metal toggle switches; select between balanced and unbalanced inputs.
Circuit Breaker: press button to reset circuit breaker.
The XPA Gen3 is protected against excessive operating temperature, shorted speaker connections, ground faults, and other common fault conditions.
17” wide x 8” high x 19” deep (unboxed; including feet).
17” wide x 7” high x 19” deep (unboxed; without feet).
24-1/2” wide x 12” high x 24-3/4” deep (boxed).
39 lbs (unboxed).
44 lbs (boxed).
Built in the USA
We feel so strongly about USA made products we have embarked on a plan to bring all manufacturing in-house in the next few years.
30 day risk free trial
No-hassle return policy. We’ll issue you an RMA number with the return instructions.
Systems that work together
Every Emotiva product has been designed and engineered to work seamlessly together.