Advice - Link power amplifier and 8a integrated amp

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Advice - Link power amplifier and 8a integrated amp

Postby frazzle » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:50 pm

Would the link power amplifier connect and improve an 8a. I ask as I’ve seen a used link power amplifier but not sure if it would make much difference.

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Re: Advice - Link power amplifier and 8a integrated amp

Postby mojo » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:21 pm

I guess it depends on what you plan to do with it.

On paper, the spec is inferior to the spec of the power amp section of an 8a integrated, so if you were just going to use the pre-outs on the 8a and swap in a Linkpower you would not expect to hear an improvement.

However.if you wanted to bi-amp it's possible that you would - depending on the speakers. My personal experience of bi-amping is that I wasn't that impressed, the few times I've tried it. But others may have done it and had a better experience.

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Re: Advice - Link power amplifier and 8a integrated amp

Postby STodd » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:54 pm

mojo wrote:I guess it depends on what you plan to do with it.

On paper, the spec is inferior to the spec of the power amp section of an 8a integrated, so if you were just going to use the pre-outs on the 8a and swap in a Linkpower you would not expect to hear an improvement.

However.if you wanted to bi-amp it's possible that you would - depending on the speakers. My personal experience of bi-amping is that I wasn't that impressed, the few times I've tried it. But others may have done it and had a better experience.

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IMHO you'd need to be bi-amping with a SmartPower Plus or X-Power to actually hear the benefit
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Re: Advice - Link power amplifier and 8a integrated amp

Postby callen24 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:13 pm

my understanding is the link power is a smartie without psxr port.

it is only worth it if you have bi-wireable speakers.

i added a q power and later a smartpower to an 8xpd, to bi amp. I noticed more separation, better imaging. Don’t expect a huge improvement but i think it is worth while.

but better to save up your money and get an x power.

Have you considered getting your 8a upgraded to a qxr?
i suspect that might be the best overall upgrade from where you are now
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Re: Advice - Link power amplifier and 8a integrated amp

Postby mojo » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:34 pm

callen24 wrote:my understanding is the link power is a smartie without psxr port


No - it's a development of the XPA. Lower output than the Smartpower, no Mono mode and as you say, no PSX-R connection. Commonly used for rear/surround channels on AV systems, they had signal sensing from the start of production.

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Re: Advice - Link power amplifier and 8a integrated amp

Postby callen24 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:36 pm

mojo wrote:
callen24 wrote:my understanding is the link power is a smartie without psxr port


No - it's a development of the XPA. Lower output than the Smartpower, no Mono mode and as you say, no PSX-R connection. Commonly used for rear/surround channels on AV systems, they had signal sensing from the start of production.


but much better than the q power?
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Re: Advice - Link power amplifier and 8a integrated amp

Postby mojo » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:56 pm

I hate to say it - and Cyrus would not contemplate using the phrase - but all three are pretty much the same - a 50Wpc power amp with music-sensing. As far as I'm aware the XPA, LinkPower and QPower were never sold at the same time, and were an evolution rather than a re-design/replacement.

I've nothing bad to say about them - I currently have two XPAs running the front and rear channels of my "Office" system, and another on the rear channels of an AV system - all three have been running without fault in my possession for at least a decade.

A few years back you could buy XPAs very cheap indeed - I recall buying one, mint and fully working, for £50. Only issue (easily solved) is that the early ones had 3mm banana sockets (but then so did some Powers).