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Hi ChrisThe Mola-Mola prices you've quoted in $ aren't quite correct because you converted the euro price including the Dutch 19% VAT so for example the power amps are 5000 euros each including 19% VAT and if exported to the US they would be 4200 euros or approx $5500 each. Although, don't quote me 'verbatim' because when I spoke to Jan-Peter on Thursday in Munich, he hadn't decided on an official US price just yet. We, however, have been given the green light to release mono power amps using NC1200 modules and we are full steam ahead with plans to do so and will make announcements on our web site in due course. We anticipate sub $10K per pair to the US.CheersJohn Young
Silly question I know, but where would one go to buy the modules, and what are the exact DIY instructions to follow? Has this been written up somewhere for non electrical engineers?
From Jan-Peter's mouth last Thursday in Munich.... he is adamant that NC400 is for DIY customers only and he will not allow them to be built commercially. I think they (Hypex) would be smart enough to spot multiple buying patterns........ 25.5 surround system?....Hmmmmm
So are you saying that if I am paying someone to build me a pair of NC400 monoblocks (I buy parts: basic enclosure, module and ps...he does labor) that it is possibly a contract violation, let alone warranty one? Furthermore, even if the answer is no, at what level does DIY become commercial if this builder decides to do, say, a few a week? I'm not trying to be pedantic here. Just trying to understand the lines of demarcation, cuz $2k (rounded) investment is not chump change, regardless
The intention is that the units built are for personal use not for commercial resale. What they don't want you building 20 units and selling them to others commercially and competing with their OEM. I would suspect there are legal reasons for this also. IF you are selling a product commercially (OEM) there are safety requirements and testing that don't apply to an DIY'er. If a DIY customer were to resell a product that didn't undergo safety testing and harm resulted there could be legal laibility for HYPEX. One of the reasons an OEM based product will be more expensive.
I agree, there's also that aspect of it and I know only too well how much all the 'red tape costs.John
Kevin,I understand all that. But NC400's in any box color and flavor won't compete with the OEM's cuz the OEM's will be using NC1200's.
I understand all that. But NC400's in any box color and flavor won't compete with the OEM's cuz the OEM's will be using NC1200's.
In terms of sound quality they should compete very well. The NC400 has fully discrete circuitry vs the IC's of the NC1200, they also have a bit lower distortion ratings, of course the extra bit of power from the 1200 may be mandatory for some folks.
That's precisely my point. Hypex has drawn a very clear simple line between OEM's and DIY, the model number. Yet most of us are finding out (without hearing the NC1200's) that at least on paper the DIY boxes at $1500-2000 (built monoblocks) will be very tempting vs the slicker well-built $10-12k amps (this is 5X-6X $$ difference). So the temptation to create a 20 module/week DIY build business is pretty high.
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