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Nice! Objectively the NC400's aren't too shabby either.
Objectively the Behringer isn't too shabby. But it needs to be matched with suitable gear on each end. I think the NC400s are a bit more flexible in this regard.
Not a knock on Behringer, they make decent stuff at low prices, but the cost differential between Ncore (even DIY) and Behringer is very large.
I have not heard the Behringer but have owned other Behringer products in the past. Although they are a good value, I would not consider them to be in the same class or universe as Ncore. If you feel they are close in your system, I'd suggest just selling the NCore and enjoying your system because the difference should be very large. Not a knock on Behringer, they make decent stuff at low prices, but the cost differential between Ncore (even DIY) and Behringer is very large. The NAD M22 looks interesting and I would have bought it instead of the NCore kit if it was available when I got my amp. Still happy with the NCore, and looking forward to hearing more iterations down the road.
You seem to assume that there is a direct correlation between price and sound quality. I think that is an illusion that vendors of "high end" (= "high price") gear tend to promote.
Well, my experience with amplifiers has generally been as long as I'm not trying to make them do something beyond their limits, they have little influence on the final sound (and I've used a number of things, including SET and PP tubes). Though the cost of the Behringer is orders of magnitude less than the NCores, it seemed to perform well enough in my system. It seemed to struggle a little with the Quads, but at my usual listening levels the little power dots never pegged out and the thing never went into protection. That said, I'm now convinced the impedance issue was having an effect, as I can subjectively say the bass out of the Quads is "cleaner" (if that means anything) than with the NCores. The other ergonomic advantages they offer tip the scales.
Those types of speakers could present strange impedance issues and the NCore might not be the right amp.
Hello jtwrace - new to this forum; regular on the AVS forums. Intrigued by the concept of build it yourself, was considering the NAD M22 for example. Have a EE background and even a good tool set at home, so this looks very promising.Where to start? I perused some threads; saw a detailed parts list from 2012 - is there anything more recent out there, even a fee-based kit plan?
You'd be very hard pressed to beat any of the Nelson Pass projects. Try the Aleph J. And if AudioCircle isn't alergic to my sharing from a different forum (because it's all about sharing the love):http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/pass-labs/241729-aleph-j-illustrated-build-guide.html Dave
That's not true. This is the Hypex Owners Circle...
My apologies. Not trying to derail the thread, just help out clpetersen. Maybe I could have put that in with the "Class D verses the Rest..." war. I mean thread. It would be an interesting comparison at any rate.Dave
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