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Do you know the power consumption during standby? By standby do you mean that the speaker connectors are muted but the amp is using full idle power (about 40 W)? Just curious.
wow. you are right, on the sides too. i own the thing and had never noticed i am actually extremely sure it will win several "gear of the year" awards and "audiophile A" awards, once the press starts to crank out the reviews. i think it a phenomenal piece of gear. like i said, it beats my E306v, which helped me win a legendary showdown against a ridiculously expensive yet haphazardly system put together by an arrogant a## that frequented a wine bar i went to (if he'd been nice i'd never challenged the dude, but i knew from the attitude he didn't know anything other than write a check) - and i always thought the E306v would be all the amp i'd ever want, and it was way over twice the price of the M22 over 14 years ago. in general it is an amazing time to put an audio system together for under 10k. they perform at insane levels i f the gear is mixed right and matches. and personally, i think in another few years active speakers will undoubtedly rule the world unless those using separates match them very, very skillfully. i auditioned some that were extremely awesome. but with this combo i think i am extremely well served for now, and utterly amazed at the performance. i have seen some of this thread blast NAD for charging $3k for it, but coming from where i am (i am an EE, but haven't soldered anything in anger in over 20 years) the M22 is a bargain - it delivered an enhancement i honestly didn't expect to hear (and i have been in this hobby for more years than i care to admit, if i tell you guys i stole my Dad's Tandberg CC player when in university you may get the notion), matched against components multiple the price. another anecdote - a friend of mine who used to own a very expensive Burmester rig prior to his divorce (the only expensive system i honestly have heard that rated above my old -yes, pre-divorce, too- system), he was at my place listening a few weeks ago, and he went off and got the same DAC and amp (but other speakers), and claims the system beats his old system which he bitterly missed, but no more. at 20% the price, and i believe that these days. amazing time to listen to music at home.
I use the smps standby that turns the amps off completely, so power consumption is pretty minimal. Even when powered up, my amps (4 x nc400, 2 x smps600) seem to take less than 30W, so I am a bit surprised about your 40W figure. Are you using a non-standard power supply?
M12 / M22 on order. Should have them by next weekend. Currently have Devialet. Will compare and report back.
that will be fun. someone urged me to also test out the Benchmark AHB2 power amp, which should be here tomorrow. i'll check it out over the weekend and shall also report.
In summary: The NAD is better than my DIY Ncore 400 dual mono amp.
possibilities:the input section is totally NAD, not the stock Ncore input sectionthe NAD clipping circuitthe changes made by Nad so that the board is a 250W board at both 4 and 8 ohms, but has greater instantaneous power than the stock N400. This includes a different PS.
Do we know that those are the changes NAD made?
Acc'd to web sites with info and actual direct quotes from NAD. It's possible I overstated the part about the input section based on my understanding, but it is not the stock N400 input section. NAD developed - along with Hypex - a special version of the NCore 400 just for them and their amp. Not the same as the DIY board.Here's a link to one such info page: http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2014/09/nad-masters-series-m22-hypex-ncore-for-the-rest-of-us/
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