Emotiva XPA HC-1 power amplifier
The Emotiva XPA HC-1 is a high-performance single-channel high performance power amplifier at a bargain price.
The XPA HC-1 is a true monoblock power amplifier and features a single high-power XPAGen3 amplifier module, powered by its own dedicated massive switch mode power supply (SMPS). If you’ve been considering our other XPA Gen3 models, but you’ve really got your heart set on monoblocks, then the Emotiva XPA HC-1 is the amplifier you need to get your hands on.
The power amplifier performs the simple but critical job of boosting the output signals from each channel of your stereo preamp or surround sound processor to the level necessary to drive your loudspeakers. While this may seem trivial, a really good power amp is essential to having a great audio system, because any flaws in the performance of your power amp are going to limit the performance of your entire system. Every amplifier in the new Third Generation XPA series was carefully designed to deliver superb technical performance, unsurpassed sound quality, and an exceptionally accurate and dynamic rendition of all types of music, thus ensuring that your entire system will sound its absolute best. Each individual XPA amplifier is modular, and can be customized to provide exactly the power and number of channels you need today, and expanded later if your needs change; and multiple matching chassis enables you to add even more channels, or more power, for a nearly endless variety of options.
Emotiva XPA HC-1
The new XPA HC-1 is a true monoblock power amplifier and features a single high-power XPAGen3 amplifier module, powered by its own dedicated massive switch mode power supply (SMPS). If you’ve been considering our other XPA Gen3 models, but you’ve really got your heart set on monoblocks, then the XPA HC-1 is the amplifier you need to get your hands on.
The chassis on the XPA HC-1 is the same height and depth as our other XPA Gen3 models, but half as wide, making it easy to position an XPA HC-1 near each of your main speakers or arrange several of them side by side in your equipment rack. We’ve kept the sides clear of ventilation slots, so there’s no problem setting them directly next to each other. If you’re looking for a single amplifier to power your center channel, a pair of monoblocks to power your main speakers, or a full set to power a surround sound system, then the XPA HC-1 is probably the perfect amplifier for you.
Consider using a single XPA HC-1 to power your high-end center channel, or a pair to power your front left and right speakers, or a set of three to power all three critical front channels. And, of course, a full set of XPA HC-1 amps, powering all of your speakers, would be tough to beat.
1 High-Powered Single-Channel Modules
300 watts RMS into 8 Ohms
600 watts RMS into 4 Ohms
Why You Need A Dedicated Power Amplifier
Most experts agree that, if you want the absolute best sound quality and technical performance, separate components are the way to go. Our new Third Generation XPA series power amplifiers are all designed from the ground up to perform a single critical task – to accurately reproduce every detail and nuance of your music. By focusing all of our efforts on that one goal, we’ve been able to design an amplifier that performs its job with remarkable precision and avoids most of the compromises that limit lesser designs.
The Joys of Joining the Monoblock Club
All of the models in our XPA Gen3 line of amplifiers perform really well and sound superb. However, to a true audiophile, “there’s just something about a monoblock,” and that probably won’t ever change. Because each channel has its own amplifier, its own dedicated power supply, and its own chassis and power cable, you’ll never have to even wonder about interactions between the channels, or about running a tiny bit short of power when a particularly demanding piece of music comes along. Owning monoblocks is like owning a sports car: you may not need them, but you know you want them, and here’s your chance. Wanting to rack mount your new amps? Check out our HCRE-1 Chassis Coupler and Rack Ear Kits available here.
Experience Meets Cutting Edge Technology
When we set out to design the latest version of our XPA series of amplifiers, we analyzed everything in every amp we’ve ever made, from front to back, inside and out. By combining years of design experience, with a thorough understanding of recent advances in audio technology, we were able to determine several areas where we could improve on our previous designs. After carefully weighing all the options, we kept the best features of our previous models, added some new technology where we determined it would actually deliver significant improvements, and optimized several operating parameters to ensure that it would all work together flawlessly. The new Third Generation represents a substantial improvement for our highly acclaimed XPA series of amplifiers – and delivers improvements in both technical performance and sound quality.
- The XPA HC-1 is a monoblock audio power amplifier, with a fully discrete, dual
differential, high current, short signal path Class A/B amplifier section, Optimized Class H™ power supply topology, and microprocessor-controlled fault protection.
- The XPA HC-1 is powered by a high efficiency, audiophile grade, Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS).
- The XPA HC-1 features a single High-Powered Single Channel Amplifier Module.
- Power Output:
300 watts RMS; 20 Hz – 20 kHz; THD <0.1%; 8 Ohms.
- 600 watts RMS; 20 Hz – 20 kHz; THD<0.2%; 4 Ohms.
- 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):
> 120 dB; ref FTC rated power; unbalanced input (A-weighted).
- > 95 dB; ref 1 watt; unbalanced input (A-weighted).
- Minimum Recommended Load Impedance: 4 Ohms
(which equals one 4 Ohm load or two paralleled 8 Ohm loads).
- Damping Factor (8 Ohm load): > 500.
- Input Sensitivity (for rated power; 8 Ohm load): 1.7 V.
- Gain: 29 dB.
- Input Impedance:
33k Ohms (balanced).
23.5k Ohms (unbalanced).
Input And Output Connections
- Input Connections:
Unbalanced (RCA); balanced (XLR); independently selectable.
- Speaker Output Connections: Audiophile grade, gold plated, 5-way binding posts.
- Input Connections:
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.
- Between 100 VAC and 250 VAC @ 50 / 60 Hz (automatically detected).
Front Panel Controls and Indicators
- Standby: push button (halo ring changes color to indicate Standby or On).
- Status LED: one; blue.
Status LED changes to red to indicate a fault condition.
Rear Panel Controls
- AC Power switch: rocker switch (switches AC main power).
- Status LED switch: disables front panel Status LED and dims Standby button halo.
- Input selector switch:
metal toggle switch; selects between balanced and unbalanced input.
- Circuit Breaker: press button to reset circuit breaker.
- The XPA HC-1 is protected against excessive operating temperature, shorted speaker connections, ground faults, and other common fault conditions.
8-3/8” wide x 7-5/8” high x 19” deep (unboxed; including feet and connectors).
- 8-3/8” wide x 7” high x 18” deep (unboxed; without feet).
- 24-3/4” wide x 12” high x 14-1/2” deep (boxed).
21.5 lbs (unboxed).
- 28 lbs (boxed).