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ELAC Alchemy Series DPA-2

Stereo power amplifier

MFR # AS-DPA2-BK

ELAC Alchemy Series DPA-2

ELAC Alchemy Series DPA-2

Stereo power amplifier

MFR # AS-DPA2-BK

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Elac DPA-2

Matthew from Deltona, FL on 6/10/2022

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This Elac is outstanding, I don't ever see myself going back to the 50 pound 100 degree Class AB amps I've used over my 50 year lifetime. I paired it with a very quiet and transparent preamp playing thru fairly neutral speakers. The music is so clear and detailed while coming from a completely black background. Absolutely no floor noise or distortion is audible, even with my ear right next to the speaker. Very smooth analogue sound, I've never heard a Class D like this before. If you enjoy high resolution or DSD recordings this amp is worth an audition. It is very lively and dynamic, I can hear every little detail but don't find it overly analytical sounding, to me the music is very engaging and groovy out of this Elac. A sense of refinement my huge Emotiva amp was lacking. The Elac has more presence in the mid and low base as well. Never grainy, shrill, or unpleasant with the high frequency's. The rest of my system plays into this as well though. I'm glad and satisfied I took a chance with this purchase. Crutchfields 60 day trial period is a wonderful thing, although it only took one day to figure out this amp was a winner. I chose a scratch and dent but saw or heard no issues with the unit. Other than a Hypex Ncore or Purifi amp I don't know of any other amp at this price point that can exceed it in performance. In my opinion the Class A input stage on this amp is what makes it special. Nice sounding piece of gear.

Pros: Clarity, Detail, Dynamic, Quiet, Low temperature, 3 inches tall

Cons: None

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An excellent amplifier

Thomas from Lynnwood, WA on 3/14/2022

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An excellent amplifier if one is seeking neutrality, dynamics and bass. However, I didn't find it to be a warm sounding amplifier. To be honest, I didn't use it for a long period of time so these are my initial impressions.

Pros: All controls on the front panel and not behind the amplifier

Cons: May be too neutral for some systems

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ELAC Alchemy Series DPA-2

John from Sallisaw, OK on 1/25/2022

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This was my first Elac product but I knew Crutchfield would stand behind it and the reviews were great, so I figured what the heck. Setup was easy and I went with XLR inputs from a Rotel pre-amp driving GoldenEar Triton towers. I've had the towers for a few years and they've always sounded great. With the new separates they absolutely shine. There are nuances in the music I've never noticed before and there's zero distortion, even at extreme volumes. The Elac amp puts out gobs of power (more than enough to drive hungry speakers) for amazingly clear music. There's no hum or feedback whatsoever. Just crystal clear music like I've never heard before. Thanks Elac and Crutchfield.

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Elac dpa2

Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 1/22/2021

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Good power amplifier for analog music

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Plenty of Clean Dynamic Power

Crutchfield customer from Lancaster, NY on 11/26/2020

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Outstanding stereo power amplifier with plenty of clean power on tap. The DPA-2 is very well constructed and feels solid in hand, it's heavier and more substantial than it appears in photos. I'm powering Elac Adante AS-61's with it and the sound is significantly better than using either my Denon AVR-3500H receiver or a Crown XLS1502 Drivecore professional amp. Power is similar to what the Crown offered, but much cleaner, punchier and with higher fidelity. The XLR and RCA inputs with a use selectable interface is very helpful as I can use RCA unbalanced for my home theater L+R main channels and XLR balanced for a streaming DAC for stereo listening. I really appreciate the nice screen with power level meters, it gives you a good feeling being able to see the audio levels. They do move slightly at zero volume, I did contact Elac and they assured me this is normal and the bars go up exponentially with watts, so the first couple steps are just tenths of 1 watt. I highly recommend the Elac DPA-2, I suspect it it more amplifier than I will ever need and will sufficiently cleanly power anything I throw it at and provide many years of usage.

Pros: Small form factor Lots of dynamic power Great Build Quality Completely transparent audio signature Zero Distortion

Cons: Input selection light on front is a little too bright Looks are not going to impressive anyone, very utilitarion (not a con for everyone)

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Outstanding Amplifier

Cliff from PASCO, WA on 8/2/2020

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I bought this amplifier to pair with my Cambridge Audio CXR200 receiver. First thing after hooking it up I noticed that it needed more gain to match internal amplifier channels of the CXR200 since I was using it for the LR channels in a 5.1 configuration. Fortunately the DPA-2 has an increased gain setting which was perfect for this pairing. It seems to be a very well sorted out amplifier in many ways with options for hook up that most amplifiers don't have. After all the hours of researching other products the DPA-2 seemed to meet all my needs: small/compact, enough power to drive any speaker, neutral sound signature/neither exceptionally warm or bright, mono amplifier option and had been determined to be a great value verified by numerous customers and professional reviews. So how does it sound? Straight out of the box the DPA-2 easily matched the sound quality of the CXR200, so much so I wasn't sure I even had it hooked up and had to double check the connections. With over 100 hours of intermittent playing of the DPA-2 the stand out qualities that better the CXR200 in stereo mode are that my RBH SV 661R bookshelves now throw a huge sound stage effortlessly with pinpoint imaging without needing to toe in the speakers. It seems to be a touch more transparent often hearing new details in familiar recordings. The tonality and timbre of instruments is spot on and very musical, with good recordings it sounds like live music. Very very satisfied with this purchase!

Pros: Flexibility in pairing and hookup. Power, neutral sound signature and very dynamic. Runs cool and silent. Short in height, takes up minimal space and easily stacks on other components if short on space.

Cons: None, Some may not like the looks but in hand it looks and feels like a quality piece worth every penny and then some.

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Crutchfield customer from Sanford, FL on 10/22/2019

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Excellent sound staging and depth. Very listenable. I am pleased with this purchase.

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