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Personally I can't answer the question of how they compare to the SDS amps but I've had more than my fair share of amps in the system in the last few years and IMO none of them compare in terms of clarity and the sheer amount of musical information allowed through. List of some in no particular orderConsonance 211 and 845 (SET TUBE)Atma-Sphere M-60 (OTL Tube)McIntosh MC275 (PP Tube)Pass Labs XA30.5 (Class A SS)Luxman M-600 (Class A SS)Jolida Music Envoy (PP tube, 211 triodes)Luxman SQ-38 integrated (PP tube)nuforce ref 18 (class D)Spectron Musician III mono's (class D)ModWright KWA 150 mono's (class A/B ss)Odyssey extreme mono's (class A/B ss)Threshold SA50 (class A ss)hot rodded Dynaco ST70 (pp tube)Eastern Electric M156 mono's (pp tube)Eastern Electric M88 integrated (pp tube)R.E. Designs LNPA 150 (class A/B ss)Audio Mirror 45W SET (tube SET)A few others that I can't think of off hand. Yes, all in the same room with either my current speakers, GedLee Abbey, or the previous speakers, Meadowlark Blue Heron 2.With or without the subs, these amps are in a class by themselves compared to any of the above. All of the above have strengths and weaknesses but for my tastes I'm keeping the little NC400's for the foreseeable future. Just my .02.mike
Hexatex is UCD. We already know from both Bruno (the designer of both the UCD and Ncore) and others who have listened to both that the Ncore is significantly better...
I don't have two matching (same manufacturer) power cords for the monos however. Some amps don't care. Any opinions about the Ncore with different cords, soundwise?
Thanks for the list. I have been thinking of the Ncores bridged for the Sound Labs, I have also been thinking of the Spectron mono's the Sound Labs like a lot of voltage swing.Could you talks about the pros and cons of the NCores vs the Spectron, I know the speakers are different.Thanks.
My friend who heard the Ncores in his system this past weekend owns the fully loaded Spectron mono blocks and he thought the Ncores were significantly better across the board. He also thought they were as good or better than his Lamm mono blocks. George
this is certainly interesting. ime, i have found this to be more related to what speaker is being used. i get great low-level details w/my piega p5 mkii ltd's and my oris-based horn set-up.doug s.
OK. And I stated my experience with this amp compared to other amps. It's purely a subjective opinion with the NCore amps that I've mentioned. If you listen to the NCore then maybe you can give your feedback.
hey! i am not arguing or disagreeing. i yust found it interesting. at some point, i hope to pick up a pair or two...and, as i have mentioned to you prewiously off-line; i think it is great that you are offering your amps on this listening tour; as you know, i was willing to lend you a hypex ucd 180 amp to use while your amps were out making the rounds.doug s.
You guy's are killing me...... where do I order
George and Mike (Galusha),You know my SP Tech Revs decently well....do you think the monoblocks (i.e not bridged/strapped) will be enough juice for these power hungry guys? I will have one day of Randy's precious 3 days to tell, regardless.
You could passive vertical bi-amp with 4 NCores
I like to know as well since i have the same speakers.lapsan
I preferred half a dozen amps over the D-200's and they weren't close to the level of performance of the Atma-Sphere amps that have been my reference amp for the past few years.George
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