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Emotiva XSP-1 Gen2 Pre Amplifier


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XSP-1 Gen2 is the upgraded stereo preamplifier model of its original namesake with a very adjustable phono stage, click here to find an Emotiva Power Amplifier

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Warranty length 3 Years
Brand Emotiva

Tech Specs

- Line level In: 2 pairs bal; 4 pairs unbal
- AV In: (left, right, sub) 1 set bal; 1 unbal
- Processor Loop Input: 1 pair unbalanced
- Impedance (line level) Input: 50k ohms
- Phono Input (MM/MC): 1 pair unbalanced
- Main Out: 1 pair balanced; 1 pair unbalanced
- Flat or high-pass (adjust from 50 - 250Hz)
- Sub Out: 1 set balanced; 1 set unbalanced
- Flat or low-pass (adjust from 50 - 250Hz)
- Processor Loop Out: 1 pair unbalanced
- Min recommended load impedance: 600 ohms
- Trigger Input and Output: 1 each
- IR input and output: 1 each


Bal In to Bal Out
- SNR (A-wtd, +6dBV): >117dB
- Freq response: 20 - 20k Hz +/-0.02dB
- THD + N (@1kHz): < 0.0004%.
- IMD (SMPTE, 60Hz/ 7kHz): < 0.001%
- Crosstalk (@6dBF, 10kHz): < 100dB


Unbal In to Unbal Out
- SNR (A-wtd, +6dBV): > 113dB
- Freq response: 20 - 20k Hz +/-0.015dB
- THD + N (@1kHz): < 0.0006%
- IMD (SMPTE, 60Hz /7kHz): < 0.001%
- Crosstalk (@6dBF, 10kHz): < 102dB


Bal In to Unbal Out
- SNR (A-wtd, +6dBV): > 114 dB
- Freq response: 20 - 20k Hz +/-0.015dB
- THD + N (@ 1 kHz): < 0.0005%
- IMD (SMPTE, 60Hz /7kHz): < 0.0015%
- Crosstalk (@6dBF, 10 kHz): < 105dB


Unbal In to Bal Out
- SNR: A-weighted, ref +6 dBV): >115dB
- Freq response: 20-20k Hz +/-0.017dB
- THD + N (@1kHz): < 0.0003%
- IMD: SMPTE method, 60Hz/7kHz: <0.007%
- Crosstalk (@6dBF, 10kHz): < 100dB


Phono MC in to bal out:
- Gain (1kHz): approximately 60 dB
- Impedance: 47Ω, 100Ω, 470Ω, 1kΩ
- SNR: (A-wtd, ref 1mV in): >79dB
- Freq response (RIAA): 20- 20k Hz +/-0.35dB
- THD (ref 1.0 mV): < 0.008%.
- IMD (SMPTE method): < 0.15%
- Crosstalk: < 65 dB


Phono MM in to bal out:
- Gain (1 kHz, Volume at 0): approx 40dB
- Input impedance: 47k Ohms
- SNR A-weighted, ref 10mV, A-wtd): >96dB
- Freq response (RIAA): 20-20k Hz +/-0.3dB
- THD (ref 10 mV): < 0.001%
- IMD (SMPTE method): < 0.05%
- Crosstalk: < 80 dB


- Volt: 115 or 230 VAC +/-10% @50/60Hz
- Power consumption (On): 32 watts
- Power consumption (Standby): <1 watt
- Dimensions (WHD): 17” x 6” x 16.5”
- Weight: 29.0 lbs

Product Description

Emotiva XSP-1 Gen2 Pre Amplifier is a high-quality stereo analogue preamp, featuring a fully balanced signal path, high-quality relay signal switching, a precision analogue ladder Volume control, a high-quality phono preamp that supports both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges, and precision tone trim adjustments.

Analogue Stereo Performance

All-new XSP-1 Gen 2 balanced preamplifier isn’t just a great cosmetic match to Gen 2 power amps—it also takes performance to a new level. Thanks to an all-new surface-mount design, Emotiva has significantly tightened component tolerances, shortened signal paths, and matched the trace lengths between channels, for a greatly improved acoustic signature. Exceptional sound quality is available via an all-analogue, fully balanced, differential signal path with vanishingly low noise and distortion.

Refining Balanced Sound

The XSP-1 Gen 2 combines a pure, all-analog, audiophile topology with an advanced digital control system. This maintains the purity of the audio signal while offering advanced features, resolution, and accuracy far surpassing traditional designs. The XSP-1 Gen 2 delivers an uncompromised listening experience in Reference Playback mode by totally avoiding single ended to balanced conversions from the signal path. Combined with instrumentation grade relays for input selection and high voltage, and a digitally-controlled analogue resistor ladder network with 0.5dB per step resolution for volume, the XSP-1 Generation 2 maintains signal integrity and near perfect channel matching – even at very low listening levels.

The Control You Need

In terms of fine-tuning the sound of your system, most audiophile preamps are “take it or leave it”, offering little or no control over the interaction between your speakers and room. Not the XSP-1 Gen 2. It includes precision contour controls that allow you to tailor the high frequency and low-frequency response of your system for perfect results in your listening environment. For absolute neutrality, the contour controls operate by switching networks of precision discrete tuning components in and out, and can, of course, be completely bypassed.

Precise Control

Full analogue bass management with independent, individually configurable, Linkwitz-Riley 12 dB/octave high-pass and low-pass filters for the mains and subs. Level control via a high resolution (.5dB/step) digitally controlled analogue resistor network. Digital flexibility and convenience including precise repeatability on all settings, a smart mute function, turn on level limit, and a full function remote control. Informative, dimmable front panel VFD display shows level, status, and input selections.

Easy System Integration

The XSP-1 Gen 2 packs a long list of features that make it the ideal centrepiece for your high-performance audio system. It includes analogue bass management for perfect integration with 2.1 or 2.2 systems, as well as a high current, load-invariant headphone amplifier, an external signal processor loop, trigger inputs and outputs, and a full-featured milled aluminium remote control. A large VFD display shows system status messages and provides visual confirmation of all actions and settings.

Ready for Legacy Sources

Unlike many other preamps these days, the XSP-1 includes a truly stunning and extremely quiet phono preamplifier with inputs for both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges (with user-selectable loading). The list of features can go on and on… but the real proof is in the listening experience, and in the XSP-1’s incredible flexibility and ease of operation. Experience the next generation of balanced perfection.

Key Features:

- Great performance and cosmetic match for XPA1 G2 monoblocks
- All-analogue, fully balanced, differential signal path with ultra-low noise and distortion
- 2 sets of balanced + 4 sets of unbal inputs plus a set of bal/unbalanced mains out each
- Support for both stereo subwoofers and a summed mono subwoofer
- Load invariant, high current headphone amp with independent level control/memory.
- High-performance phono preamp for MM/MC with user-configurable cartridge loading
- Full analogue bass management with independent, individually configurable
- Linkwitz-Riley 12 dB/octave high-pass and low-pass filters for the mains and subs
- Gold plated, solid brass machined RCA connectors and gold-plated XLR connectors
- Trigger and IR input and output

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