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Old 26th September 2011, 10:57 AM   #11
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The F4 is very clean as well the F5, but I have both and a XA30.5 too, and for me the XA30.5 sounds better than the F4 and F5 (Subtle but enough for me), but sometimes I like the F4 and sometimes the F5 (Taste matters).

If the speaker have less than 93 dB 1W/m I'll choose the XA30.5 hands down.
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Old 26th September 2011, 11:26 AM   #12
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Thanks.
My speakers are 92B @ 1.7W/m.
I believe you don't refer to F4 mono-balanced.
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Old 26th September 2011, 01:15 PM   #13
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Just one F4
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Old 26th September 2011, 02:04 PM   #14
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Thanks.
I'm interested in comparing XA30.5 with two F4 mono-bridged.
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Old 26th September 2011, 02:17 PM   #15
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With two F4's you can get more watts but the same sound.

I bought the XA30.5 for my ESL2805 (Low sensitivity speakers), but I done the listening tests between amplifiers with my 96dB 1m/W speakers.

The F4 are a very good sounding amplifier (With an adequate preamplifier), but IMMO the XA30.5 sounds better
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Old 26th September 2011, 03:46 PM   #16
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Thanks, Papa.
How about between F4 mono-bridged fed from a balanced tube pre-amp (which was my original plan) and XA30.5?
Should work great.

We just have to recognize that they are different amplifiers. I like them
both, but they offer a different sound. If you have harder-to-drive
loudspeakers then you would definitely want the XA30.5,

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Old 26th September 2011, 08:08 PM   #17
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Thank you very much, Papa.
Can you please be a bit more specific about the sound differences between F4 (bridged-balanced) and XA30.5?
Does the XA30.5 has better drive, or does it control the speakers better than F4 mono-bridged-balanced?
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Old 26th September 2011, 09:56 PM   #18
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Back to post #9: I've never really considered the comparison, so my
thoughts on it are vague.

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Old 26th September 2011, 10:07 PM   #19
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Thank, Papa.
Do you mean that you didn't consider the comparison between XA30.5 and F4 mono-bridged-balanced?
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Hi Joshua,

It took me some time.....

Besides the question what sounds better and the implication to blame possibly either the First Watt Line or the XA-line I have a hint.....

If you want to participate the next years with the First Watt and BA-line and if you like to build amps for sure the F4 is the better choice......

If you are not interested in building and you want a final shot, take the XA!

But I warn you, I bought an Accuphase to have the final gear at home, half a year later I changed the volume pot the, preamplifier section and so on......I sold it later.

I liked more the chance to build, to have development, to have a community....

I would even do it knowing, the XA line sounds three times better.....

But of course the 92db of your speakers make the decision more difficult!
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