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Emotiva XPA-DR3 Differential Reference Gen3 Three Channel Power Amplifier


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Ex VAT: £1,995.83

RRP: £2,695.00


This sits above the DR1 and DR2 in Emotiva's XPA DR range of power amps, the flagship DR3 has triple Differential Reference Amplifier modules

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Warranty length 5 Years
Colour Black
Brand Emotiva

Tech Specs

- Topology: Fully modular, differential
- SMPS: High-efficiency, independent
- Class A/B: Optimised Class H
- Fault sheild: Microprocessor-control
- Power Out: 450/600w RMS (8/4Ω)


- Bandwidth (8Ω): 20-20k Hz (+/– 0.1dB)
- Broadband Freq: 20 - 50k Hz (+0/-2dB)
- THD + N: <0.008% @100W RMS; 1kHz/8Ω
- SNR: (8Ω load): >120dB; FTC Rated Power
- Unbalanced In (A-Wtd) > 96dB; Ref 1W
- Min Load Impedance (per/Ch): 4Ω
- Damping Factor (8Ω load): >500
- Input Sensitivity (8Ω Load): 2.0V
- Gain: 29 dB
- Impedance: 33/23.5 kΩ (Bal/Unbal)
- Trigger In: 5–12V AC/DC (<10mA Req)
- Trigger Out: 12 V DC (up to 120mA)


- Power: 100/250V AC @50/60Hz
- Status LEDs: Blue, 1 per Channel
- AC Power: Rocker Switch
- Circuit Breaker: Button to Reset
- Dimensions (WHD): 17" x 8" x 19"
- Weight: 49.5lbs

Product Description

Emotiva XPA-DR3 Gen3 is a great-powered tri-channel audiophile power amplifier that merges the exceptional accuracy and tactfulness of a real balanced differential style with the facility needed to deliver musical crescendos and films with incredible realism and impact.

No matter your listening preferences, the XPA-DR3 seamlessly fuses detail and power that only a completely differential amplifier can give. The XPA-DR3 employs triple Differential Reference amplifier modules, ideal for powering the crucial front 3 channels of an completely amazing surround sound music or AV system. XPA-DR3 is driven by 450 watts RMS into 8Ω, and via all 3 channels; 600 watts RMS into 4Ω with lower than 0.1% THD.

Switch Mode Power Supply

In amplifier style, everything starts with power. XPA-DR3 options a custom-configured version of the high-current SMPS (switch mode power supply) - a light-weight, powerful, intelligent structure capable of delivering over 3kW of continuous power with absolute accountability and very high potency. innovative SMPS offers the dynamic attributes of a classic transformer-based style with none of the drawbacks.

Like the best transformer-based power provides, SMPS delivers abundant continuous power to optimise the amplifier modules to measure up to their full performance potential, and lots of dynamic power to prevent musical peaks from being compressed or restricted. However, compared to transformer-based styles, SMPS is lighter and more efficient; additionally, it’s totally regulated to ensure optimum performance in a broader range of load conditions.

Next Great Amplifiers

The Differential Reference amplifier Modules, Emotiva use in XPA-DR amplifiers use identical basic circuit topology to the legendary XPR series amplifiers. A novel differential input stage, with a cross-linked current supply, drives a balanced voltage amplification stage, and this advanced input amplifier delivers a remarkably exact and pure audio signal to the complimentary, totally distinct output stage.

Paired together, these modules work in excellent synergy to power an individual channel of one of the new totally balanced, totally differential, XPA-DR amplifiers. They deliver a holistic, natural, and powerful listening experience. Low-level musical details and dialogue emerge from a deep black; musical crescendos are delivered with stunning impact and preciseness. The wide bandwidth, low distortion performance of the XPA-DR3 reveals each nuance of your high-res music sources, and it hosts the power required to drive even challenging loudspeakers with absolute authority and management.

Class H Potency

The Differential Reference Modules in the XPA-DR3 use a matched combination of amp modules, every employing a completely analogue class A/B output stage, and well regarded Soft-Switch Class H Power topology, that increases their potency considerably preserving the audio performance you’d expect from an Emotiva amplifier.

Each output stage operates on a lower voltage at low power levels to attenuate quiescent power consumption and standby power losses, instantly shifting to the next voltage rail as required so the signal passes cleanly with no clipping. This method happens consistently in real time, permitting larger overall potency, cooler operation, longer element life, reduced power consumption, and greater reliability.

Fully Differential and Balanced

Music lovers demanding the absolute top sound quality and technical performance, require dedicated separates. Since Emotiva's power amplifiers are built for one purpose, they focus on guaranteeing that they perform it to the highest level, and avoid the compromises inherent in units expected to perform a selection of diverse functions.

The Differential Reference Modules feature a brilliantly symmetrical balanced match of superior amplifier modules. Every distinct amplifier module already has vanishingly low distortion, however, by connecting them as a balanced differential couple, a major portion of the small remaining nonlinearity is canceled out. As a result, Emotiva accomplishes even lower levels of distortion in the XPA-DR2 for remarkably clear sound, with unexampled smoothness and clarity.

Latest and Greatest

When beginning to create the new X Series line, Emotiva analysed every component of every amplifier they'd ever created, front to back, inside and out. This resulted in the discovery of numerous areas where their years of expertise, and advances in audio technology, indicated that they could create important enhancements in amplifier styles.

After careful consideration of all the benefits and cons, Emotiva retained the most effective options of original styles, integrating a fresh set of optimisations and enhancements, and the result became the pinnacle of this new audiophile amplifier series. XPA-DR amplifiers are the totally differential members of the new XPA amplifier family, and carry the ethos of continuous product development to its definitive conclusion.

Modular Construction

Each XPA-DR Differential Reference Power amplifier is comprised of an industrial chassis, that homes a massively overdesigned, entirely regulated, 3 kilowatt SMPS, and up three Differential Reference amplifier Modules. The display on the front panel and protection system are built to operate with the full range of channels so don’t need updating once the XPA-DR is expanded; on the rear panel, slots not occupied will be lined with protective panels. XPA-DR3 is set with a workforce of 3 Differential Reference Modules already installed.

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