Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 3 or NAD C 275BEE or Rotel RB-1582 MkII for Revel F208


I suspect most of you are far beyond this level of power amp but hopefully someone can provide informed opinions on the above power amps or the brands quality in general.

I currently am using a Denon AVR-X4200W to drive the Revel F208 as the main speakers in a 5.1 mixed use music/movie/TV system.  The low end is supported by a SVS SB-2000 (the older non-Pro).

I am based in Vietnam so there is a limited selection of new gear and a horribly overpriced and small second hand market.

I lucked into a sweet deal on the F208 at just over USD$2k.  I sold my Revel F36 for nearly $600.

Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 3 / Rotel RB-1582 MkII are the same price at around $1500 and the NAD C 275BEE at around $900.

Unfortunately I zero experience with any of these brands but they are essentially my only choices in the under $2k range.

I plan to use the pre-outs on the X4200W to feed the power amp.

The X4200W gets the F208 plenty loud but I do worry that they might like a bit more power than the 125 watts provided by this older Denon AVR.


I have the Emotiva and I couldn't be happier. Big sound, high current. superb value  

although im a huge fan of NAD, +1 for me with Emotiva XPA-2 G3, at $1500, if its on sale, HC-1 monoblocks the better choice.

if NAD 275BEE can be had cheap, go NAD.  any of the 3 you mention will sound better than the Denon AVR.