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Emotiva XPA-3 Gen 3 (Black)


3 x 275 Watts Per Channel Power Amplifier

Emotiva XPA-3 Gen 3 Multi-Channel Power Amplifier - Front view

Emotiva XPA-3 Gen 3 Multi-Channel Power Amplifier - Front view

Real-World Power Output Delivers Exceptional Performance On Both Music And Movie Programme Material.

Tank-Like Build Quality. Audiophile Grade Components.

Designed And Assembled In The USA. Five-Year Warranty.

Availability: Despatched In 1 - 2 days.
Delivery: Free Australia Wide Delivery

Your price $1,919

Save $480 (Normally $2,399)

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Product Description

Emotiva XPA-3 Gen 3The Emotiva XPA-3 Gen3 is a true audiophile power amplifier that combines excellent technical performance at a surprisingly low price and yet is still assembled in the USA.


The XPA-3 Gen3 features three Emotiva High-Powered Single Channel Modules that deliver a staggering full-bandwidth power output of 275 Watts RMS each! These three high-powered channels makes the XPA-3 Gen3 the ideal choice to power up your three important front channels for a great sounding home theatre come surround sound music system. Why is this beneficial? Well you've probably noticed that 99% of Home Theatre Receivers only give output specifications for two channels even though they can process from five to eleven channels. The fact is if they supplied the specifications with even just seven channels driven, you would probably be under-whelmed. It has to also be noted that if you have a combination of a small room, efficient speakers and don't play anything at volume levels not much higher than an elevator then you don't need an extra power amp like the XPA-3 Gen3.

However, if you've invested in some decent speakers and like to let the volume rip even just occasionally, then the Emotiva XPA-3 Gen3 with its exceptionally accurate and dynamic performance is the way to go. That is because it has been designed first and foremost by the Emotiva USA design engineers to sound superb with all types of audio systems with all types of music which is the main domain of your front three channels. The XPA-3 Gen3 will not only handle these with ease, but leave your AV Receiver to handle your rear and "height" speakers which it should do comfortably unless of course you've bought a 'dog' or the completely wrong thing for your needs.

Amplifier Design: The Emotiva XPA-3 Gen3 is a low noise, low distortion, wideband amplifier design with traditional Class A/B output stage that delivers smooth, detailed sound, without a trace of strain or harshness. It is totally 'stable' with real-world speakers in real-world systems; not just on a test bench.

Modern Efficient Circuit Design: An optimised Soft-Switch Class H power supply topology delivers improved efficiency without compromising audio performance. A Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) offers all of the performance of a traditional linear power supply but with improved efficiency and reliability and reduced overall weight.

Quality Construction: Emotiva has a design ethic that has always sat well with Audio Trends. They aren't in the business just to make up the numbers or grab a piece of the market to satify their own materialistic needs, but rather have invested in top quality parts and construction throughout all their products. This not only makes for great sound but also delivers years of reliable, trouble-free service. Although not the number one feature, the heavy steel 4RU chassis with milled aluminium faceplate offers strength, rugged good looks and makes you feel that you've tamed a beast! The solid machined gold-plated RCA input connectors provide a reliable connection with a wide variety of audio interconnects.

Connectivity: As is the norm with high-quality components like the Emotiva XPA-3 Gen3, it comes standard with gold plated five-way speaker binding posts with clear shields that allow you to use a wide range of speaker cables with bare wire, spade lugs or banana plugs. Our preference is banana plugs - especially the cold-welded type - which deliver a very high contact area and minimise 'shorts' caused by stray strands of bare wire. You also have choice of balanced XLR or unbalanced RCA inputs for each channel. These are independently controlled by reliable metal toggle switches. For custom type installations the amp has a remote trigger input and output that allow the XPA-3 Gen3 to control and be controlled by other trigger-enabled equipment. It is fitted with a standard IEC power inlet that accommodates all standard IEC power cables and most custom audiophile power cables which we highly recommend on products of this calibre. No, not because we make a few extra bucks but because they maximise output performance!

Protection: 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.

Our Take

We like Emotiva because they share the same ethos that we do - offer exceptionally designed, high performance products at prices that appeal to more people. As they say on their website and we quote: "The price of sonic nirvana (has) shot out of reach."  At the same time high-end audio prices were climbing out of reach for most music-lovers, Dan Laufman and his team were helping some of the best names in audio manufacture their own gear. Observing their inefficiencies he decided to do something about it and Emotiva was born. 

For long-time followers of Audio Trends you know we have given 100% support to local Australian manufacturers. One such brand was ME who made unbelievable high-end amplifiers. Sadly, they closed doors in the 1990's and until Emotiva arrived there has been no real replacement. Now there is! So whether you're a newbie to high-quality audio or one who nostagically remembers the good old days - and demands some get up and go with plenty of headroom from your amplifier - then come and talk to our senior team about Emotiva.


The Emotiva XPA-3 Gen3 is a very popular power amplifier and simply put Emotiva cannot keep up with demand. Remember, they are essentially hand-built. Emotiva are not a behemoth type operation! This doesn't mean it takes months to get your hands on one, but it has been impossible for us to keep back-up stock for more than a few days. So with this level of unpredictability we ask that you call us to find out when we expect the next delivery. And as they say in the classics..."You never know your luck."

  • Design: The XPA-3 Gen3 is a three-channel power amplifier that features three high-powered single channel (mono) modules.
  • Power Output:
    • 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 simultaneously.
  • 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).


  • Unbalanced (RCA); balanced (XLR); one each 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.

Other Features

  • Power Requirements: 250V AC @ 50Hz
  • Protection: The XPA Gen3 is protected against excessive operating temperature, shorted speaker connections, ground faults, and other common fault conditions.
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 431 x 203 x 482mm approx. Add around 100mm to the depth to allow for cables.
  • Carton Dimensions (WxHxD): 620 x 303 x 630mm
  • Nett Weight: 17.7kg approx
  • Carton Weight: 20kg approx
  • Country Of Origin: Designed, assembled and tested in the U.S.A. at the Emotiva factory in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: Full five-year warranty ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy your XPA-3 Gen3 amplifier for years to come.

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name 3 x 275 Watts Per Channel Power Amplifier
Brand Emotiva
Colour Black
Power Output Per Channel Over 200 Watts RMS
Power Amp Channels 3 Channels
Amplifier Design Type Class A/B
Connectivity Single Ended Inputs (RCA), Balanced Inputs (XLR), 12 Volt Trigger
Shipping Weight (kg) 20.0000
Price Range $2,399


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