New NAD amps - prefab Ncore at DIY prices?

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DS-21

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New NAD amps - prefab Ncore at DIY prices?
« on: 20 Jan 2014, 06:17 pm »
http://www.stereophile.com/content/nad-refreshed

The author of the blurb wrote "Encore."

If so, that's a huge price reduction for an Ncore based amp. Should NAD do a multichannel Ncore, I'd be sorely tempted to sell my ATI AT2007.

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Re: New NAD amps - prefab Ncore at DIY prices?
« Reply #1 on: 20 Jan 2014, 06:24 pm »
It's probably the UcD line that has "some" NCore technology. 

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Re: New NAD amps - prefab Ncore at DIY prices?
« Reply #2 on: 21 May 2014, 05:33 am »
It's probably the UcD line that has "some" NCore technology.

Had the opportunity to have a chat with Bruno at the Munich High End last week.  NAD in their marketing material says the output stage is "licenced" from Hypex, but Bruno said it's a Hypex UCD module

I have a D3020 and am absolutely delighted with the performance for the money. 

It's being fed by Qobuz > Sonos > miniDSP with Dirac > D3020 > KEF LS50

Most of the conversation was about the Mola Mola DAC as described on the Mola Mola blog.  I tried to persuade Bruno to do a DSD only version,with lower parts count and cost for the DIY market.  I said to Bruno that PCM to DSD conversion software had gotten so good that the case for a DSD only DAC was pretty strong

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« Reply #3 on: 21 May 2014, 09:35 am »
Had the opportunity to have a chat with Bruno at the Munich High End last week.  NAD in their marketing material says the output stage is "licenced" from Hypex, but Bruno said it's a Hypex UCD module

I have a D3020 and am absolutely delighted with the performance for the money. 

It's being fed by Qobuz > Sonos > miniDSP with Dirac > D3020 > KEF LS50

Most of the conversation was about the Mola Mola DAC as described on the Mola Mola blog.  I tried to persuade Bruno to do a DSD only version,with lower parts count and cost for the DIY market.  I said to Bruno that PCM to DSD conversion software had gotten so good that the case for a DSD only DAC was pretty strong

Pure DSD DAC, yes!  Look at the $150 Schiit Loki.  Unfortunately for me, my setup requires 10m of USB and Loki is limited to 2m.

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Re: New NAD amps - prefab Ncore at DIY prices?
« Reply #4 on: 14 Jun 2014, 10:32 pm »
It's probably the UcD line that has "some" NCore technology.

Well, their latest press release has Ncore all over the place.

$4k for the seven-channel one, and $3k for the 2-channel one.

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Re: New NAD amps - prefab Ncore at DIY prices?
« Reply #5 on: 15 Jun 2014, 01:36 am »
Had the opportunity to have a chat with Bruno at the Munich High End last week.  NAD in their marketing material says the output stage is "licenced" from Hypex, but Bruno said it's a Hypex UCD module

I am not a lawyer but the two are not mutually exclusive. It would be smart for both parties to have a licensing agreement to protect their interests.