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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.
Does anyone on the tour have a ClassDAudio SDS amplifier? That's the comparison I'm most interested in.Thanks,Slush
I used to own a few of them....no comparison IMO.
That's good news as I'm currently running a SDS, which have been really impressing me, and should get the NC400 soon.
I've had several ask me, and I built my own SDS 254, see my gallery for info. I have since sold my unit, but I agree with jtwrace, the Ncore is in a class of its own. FWIW if my gainclone (see gallery) is a 7/10, and the SDS 254 is an 8/10, the Ncore is a 20/10. Much, much, better in other words. Best,Anand.
Excellent questions, gentlemen. I will have much more time tomorrow to listen and reflect so I, hopefully, can offer some answers. Maggies are not known for their low level abilities, so it will be interesting for sure. I also plan to turn off the sub and do some comparisons with my other amps.
Does anyone on the amp tour own a SET or First Watt amp to compare to the Ncores?
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)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
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