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For example, the Crown XLS 1500 will not sound any better than the NAD or the D-Sonic M3 regardless how many hours it is on. The XLS is not designed for hi-fi so it will not sound like hi-fi audio no matter how long. Beside, the manufacturer should make it good right out of the box so it can compete with others. Adding "sound much better after few hundreds hours" on the manual box only makes the buyers hang on to it and hope for the best to come
...I had the tour Ncores here for about a week, and they sounded very harsh no matter what I did.
you mean the XLS sounded very harsh?
Maybe those NCores were 'broken'.
Maybe if they had been triple cryroed, mass loaded with 2000 pounds of depleted uranium, placed on an active air suspension on top of stillpoints with gel footers and fed with palladium power cords resting on cryroed smoked bamboo elevators they would have sounded "awesome"....
No, they don't, and it might not be a good idea to do so, as you will shorten their life.
standby for the NAD is <0.5 W and they are vented on top (from what I can see in the photos). So, perhaps you can have both an amp ready to play + very low heat + very low power consumption. That is one of the things I like about how the amp is designed (my DAC is similar - standby but not fully powered on, ready to play and not pulling too much power). Not that I think this will end the debate….
Ncores did, but I have very bad AC problems. The Job and XLS does not.
D/emag Disc .....?
the SMPS raises a (possibly naive) question - should the M22 be connected to one of the digital outputs on a power supply? or the amplifier one? or does it make no difference? one thing that amazes me about the M22 is how cool it runs. i have had it playing music in the back, and in an hour it has not warmed up a single degree it seems.
Try both and find out.
I never physically cut the power (except in a bad thunderstorm) of my nc400 based system. I use the smps standby.
hi phil - yes i use banana plugs. i connected them straight from the back into the connector, ignoring those angled sideways connectors that seem to be a weird british excentricity (the Creek Power amp had them too). power consumption on standby is negligible. when on and not playing music it is about 34W. it goes up from there as you increase volume, but i say as i play music at a normal level it is about 50W. about 30W less than the Creek Destiny, all in all, when driving an identical load and identical levels, only the Creek got HOT.
... ventilation on the sides ..
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