Emotiva MPS-2 Seven-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Emotiva-mps2-reviewed.gifEmotiva might be a relatively new name in the world of value-oriented audio. However, ask any high-end audio manufacturer executive what the company is and they will be able to tell you all about it. Emotiva is the Internet-direct house brand of an U.S.-based OEM company that designs and makes many of the best AV preamps in the world for brands that I am not really allowed to talk about. Take it from me, they are some of the biggies and the products are notably feature-laden and, more specifically, very reliable.

Emotiva offers a pretty swanky AV preamp, but they also have a $1,699 (including free shipping in the United States, which is no small added value, considering this beast of an amp weighs over 100 pounds) Class-H seven-channel amp that is a game-changer. Class-H amps are used primarily in professional audio applications, such as sound reinforcement, and, as far as I know, the Emotiva is one of the few consumer amps that use the technology, although Class-D amps have become popular with some manufacturers in recent years. The Emotiva MPS-2 packs 200 watts per channel into eight-ohm speaker loads and can put out upwards of 400 watts into two-ohm loads. The Emotiva is dressed mostly in black, with a number of blue lights on the front, which give it the hue of a Krell amp. Sonically, the amp is all business, which is just what you want from an amplifier. There is practically no coloration, yet there are tons of power, giving you authoritative control over your speakers. The idea that you could have too much power for your system is a fraud. You don’t blow speakers from having too much power. You get into trouble because you don’t have enough power. With the Emotiva MPS-2 in your rig, trust me, you will not have that problem.

Competition and Comparison
To compare the Emotiva MPS-2 amplifier against the competition please read our reviews for the Anthem PVA7 amplifier
and the Rotel RMB 1575 amplifier.  You can find more information on a variety of amps by checking out our Multi-Channel Amplifier Section.  Discuss other top amplifiers at HomeTheaterSpot.com.  Find out how to buy Emotiva.

emotiva-mps2.jpgHigh Points
• The Emotiva MPS-2 has tons of power and a
tremendously low signal to noise ratio, so it can drive practically any
speaker on the market with ease.
• The Emotiva, for a large
seven-channel amp, runs relatively cool. There are fans for each
channel, but they only come on when needed, so the MPS-2 doesn’t create
much ambient noise when sitting in your rack.• Free shipping and great customer service never go out of style and, honestly, were unexpected at this low price.

Low Points
• A silver faceplate would have been a nice option to offer to consumers, as the MPS-2 could fairly be considered a showpiece.

115 pounds of amp requires careful consideration for placement and
likely someone to help you lift the amp into place, unless you are in
training for a Mr. Olympia contest. Unlike every other amp that gets
the same ding on the low points, the Emotiva MPS-2 won’t make you worry
about heat.

If there were an industry
contest voted on by consumers and reviewers alike as to the best
bang-for-the-buck multi-channel amplifier, I am confident that, at
$1,699 with free shipping, the Emotiva MPS-2 would win. It has an
amazing reserve of power that can make even the toughest-load
loudspeakers get up and dance. The amp, despite its huge size, runs cool
and quiet, with a signal to noise ratio that you’d expect from a Halcro
or Krell, at a quarter (or less) of the price. The amp’s fit and finish
is gorgeous and its sound never gets in the way of your music or
movies, which is exactly the way an audiophile power amp should be.
Consider this at the top of your list to audition when looking for a
seven-channel power amp below $3,000 or perhaps even higher.

Competition and Comparison
To compare the Emotiva MPS-2 amplifier against the competition please read our reviews for the Anthem PVA7 amplifier
 and the Rotel RMB 1575 amplifier.  You can find more information on a variety of amps by checking out our Multi-Channel Amplifier Section.  Discuss other top amplifiers at HomeTheaterSpot.com.  Find out how to buy Emotiva.