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Have there been any reviews of the MCP-18? How about comparisons to the Parasound P7? I have been looking for something like this for awhile now. It looks like the perfect companion for my BDP-105/Butler setup.
Hello.I'm about to expose myself as someone who lacks the experience to understand the significance of this analog preamp. Try not to laugh too hard.How would I hook up my TV to this preamp? (via my Oppo 103?)What are the advantages to using this preamp over a similar preamp that relies on HDMI?Do I still want to have a DAC?I look forward to reading any input on this. Thank you for your patience.
John,Thank you. Until very recently, I had been under the impression that HDMI was 'the best' connection for both video and audio. This impression came to me thanks to zealous clerks/salespersons extolling the virtues of HDMI. How was I to know balanced connections are far superior?
Correct me if I am wrong:Nuforce sells two slightly different units: the AVP-18 Preamp/Processor, and the MCP-18 Preamp/Processor. The advantage of the MCP unit is its ability to use balanced connections thereby allowing for better audio. Most folks who lack understanding/experience with balanced connectors (or lack interest?) would naturally opt for the AVP-18 unit because they like the simplicity and, perhaps, mistakenly think HDMI is the 'best' connection available. OTOH folks who understand the benefits of balanced connections would jump at the chance to buy the MCP-18 unit because they would be able to listen to both HT audio and two-channel audio with the best possible sound. The video is still handled by the HDMI connection via the universal (or DVD, Bluray) player.The above explanation (realization?) would help explain why the posters in this thread were so excited about the introduction of the MCP-18, correct?The correction between the amplifier and the preamp is made using the RCA connections, yes? I've never used separates before, so I do not know. Regards....
Not sure if this has been posted, but Audio Advisor is running the MCP-18 on a really generous sale right now. I picked one up this week.http://www.audioadvisor.com/NuForce-MCP-18-2-Channel-or-Multi-Channel-Preamplifier/productinfo/NUMCP18/#.U6-Ln_ldUhYI will post a review once the unit has arrived and I am able to do a shootout against my MSB MVC and a Crane Song Avocet mastering studio unit. I know the Crane Song is a very expensive piece, but a few years ago when I got the MVC, we did a level matched shootout and it really held it's own very well again the Avocet. I'm hoping for at least the same result, since I need multiple inputs and balanced outs.Greg
$599 is the new price for the MCP-18 and can be purchased through any NuFORCE Dealer.
Are the guys at NuForce going for the "greatest deal in audio land" or something? This is fantastic news.Greg
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