Powering XLS Encore

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Powering XLS Encore
« on: 29 Apr 2019, 01:17 pm »
Quick question:  what is the minimum amount of power (and ideal amount) for a pair of XLS Encores?



Re: Powering XLS Encore
« Reply #1 on: 29 Apr 2019, 02:12 pm »
I've run them  with as little power  as  12-15 wpc  (Folsom chip amp) to   a Mivera Pure Power  (As1200 600wpc) .I  typically run a pair of them  in my shop  driven by an older  Integra receiver at  85wpc.   
They are pretty versitile a.  Even in stock form they'll likely surprise you  :thumb:


Re: Powering XLS Encore
« Reply #2 on: 29 Apr 2019, 02:13 pm »
That depends on how far you are sitting away from them and how loud you want peaks, like an orchestra crescendo, to be. Do you have any idea what you want these two parameters to be. As a reference, I think THX standard is somewhere around 102dB for peaks.

One thing you want to consider with the amp is during what percentage of it's power rating in it linear/low noise. For tube amps that seems to be 50% of it's rated power. SS amps seem to be in the 10-20% range. This is what I have seen in noise graphs for tube amps and have been told regarding power amps.

It's not that you will use all that power. It is to make sure not only does the amp never clip, but also that it always just cruises along.

All that said, as Jay says, you can easily run them with a good 50wpc amp if you are not a long way away from them and/or do not want to play them crazy loud. It's just that more amps are better for safety and clarity.