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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
Product Award HiFi News Outstanding Product

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 premium-grade stereo analogue preamplifier employing a completely balanced signal path, top-quality relay signal switching, a precision analogue ladder volume control, phono preamp supporting MM and MC cartridges and exact tone trim adjustments. 

Analogue Stereo Performance

All-new XSP-1 Gen 2 balanced preamplifier is more than merely a great aesthetic match to Gen 2 power amps—it upgrades performance to a new level. Brand-new surface-mount structure demonstrates that Emotiva have substantially tightened component tolerances, lessened signal paths, and coupled the trace lengths between channels, for an enhanced 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 merges a clear, all-analogue, audiophile topology with an upgraded digital control system. This preserves the integrity of the audio signal while affording advanced features, resolution, and precision beyond conventional designs. XSP-1 Gen 2 produces an uncompromised listening scenario in Reference Playback mode by entirely avoiding single ended to balanced conversions from the signal path. Together with instrumentation grade relays for input choice  and high voltage, and a digitally-controlled analogue resistor ladder network with 0.5dB per step resolution for volume, the XSP-1 Generation 2 retains signal purity and near-perfect channel syncing – even at ultra-low listening levels.

The Control You Need

When fine-tuning system sound, most premium preamps are “take it or leave it”, offering low or zero control over the interaction between the speakers and room. XSP-1 Gen 2 incorporates accurate contour controls that permit tailoring of the high and low-frequency response for perfect results in your listening space. For total neutrality, the structure controls function by switching networks of precision isolated tuning parts inside and out, and can be wholly bypassed.

Precise Control

Complete analogue bass management with separate, singly-configurable, Linkwitz-Riley 12 dB/octave high-pass and low-pass filters for the main and sub connections. Level control is possible via a high resolution (.5dB/step) digitally controlled analogue resistor network. Digital versatlity and convenience including accurate consistency on all settings, a smart mute button, turn on level limit and a full function remote control. Dimmable front panel VFD display indicates level, status and input/s selected.

Easy System Integration

The XSP-1 Gen 2 packs numerous features that make it the perfect centrepiece for your premium audio system. It incorporates analogue bass regulation for seamless integration with 2.1 or 2.2 systems, alongside high current, load-invariant headphone amplifier, an external signal processor loop, trigger inputs and outputs, and a milled aluminium remote control.

Ready for Legacy Sources

Contrasting many current preamps, the XSP-1 incorporates a genuinely stunning and incredibly quiet phono preamplifier with inputs for both MM and MC cartridges (with user-selectable loading). The list of features is endless but the decisive proof is in the listening environment, and the XSP-1’s great flexibility and ease of use. 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

Press Reviews

  • "XSP-1/XPA-DR2 delivered a good degree of emotional delicacy at the start, and served up firecracker dynamics at the end, with copious amounts of tight, sinewy bass rocking the rafters. It was at ease in either situation, relishing the opportunity to flex its muscles by thumping out high sound levels with grace." (HiFi News Magazine, October 2018)
  • "For less than the price of many modern ‘super integrateds’, Emotiva’s XSP-1/XPA-DR2 is a fully featured pre/power amplifier combination with enough watts to power a nightclub, plus good build, a fair selection of useful features and – best of all – strong sound quality. It may lack the aesthetic airs and graces of some rivals, and not have all the latest connectivity options, but its value is very hard to argue with.” (HiFi News Magazine, October 2018)

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