Rusty....AMG amps. Info please.

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Btrmousetrap

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Rusty....AMG amps. Info please.
« on: 3 Sep 2019, 12:19 pm »
Rusty, you recently referenced the upcoming AMG amps due in Q4. Can you give a more detailed description and the goals the amps are targeted to meet? Where will they land in the current range of amplifiers NuPrime currently has available? Thanks and looking forward to hearing your response.

Have a great day,

Btrmousetrap

rustydoglim

Re: Rusty....AMG amps. Info please.
« Reply #1 on: 3 Sep 2019, 01:17 pm »
Sure, the AMG series are expected to be launched around late October.  Please don't ask your dealers or distributors for availability, otherwise they will get "upset" and start chasing me for it :)

We have updated the Amp Comparison and Characteristic article: https://nuprimeaudio.com/guides/amp-comparison/
AMG is not included in there but it is good to review this guide if anyone is not familiar with NuPrime.

NuPrime is well recognised as the best value and performance for the money. The entry level amps such as IDA-8 and STA-9 are designed to work with entry to mid range components and speakers. The higher end amps such as ST-10* and Evo One are very detailed, highly resolved, dynamic with extended bass and all that. 

It seems that there is no room for AMG series, but obviously there are people who prefer some other brands than NuPrime. So the AMG series have several objectives:
1. High end performance above the 9 series and in parallel with the 10 series.
2. Sonic characteristic appeal to people who currently don't choose NuPrime because they want to have all the good stuff, but a little more relax and warm (but not like STA-9 warm).
3. Luxurious but not opulent style.

Coincidentally a long time Nuprime customer who owns NuForce Ref 9**, ST-10, Evo One etc just posted a topic saying that his taste has changed and wanted something more relax.  I think AMG is exactly what he wants, at 1/3 the price of what he has to pay.

To put it in another way, ST-10* and Evo One excite you, AMG relaxes you.  If money is no object, you would buy both types of amps.  So AMG is an alternate component for 10 or Evo one customers (just get the AMG amp only to suit your mood) and a natural upgrade path for 9 series customers.  It will take us 6 to 9 months to completely fill up the entire AMG series and we are in no rush, since they are not designed to replace any existing series.

Samac

Re: Rusty....AMG amps. Info please.
« Reply #2 on: 3 Sep 2019, 03:48 pm »
Thanks for the info on the AMG line, Jason. I look forward to seeing what NuPrime has come up with. Is there an Integrated planned for the AMG line?

I have the IDA-16 and have been pleased with it for nearly three years. You mentioned the updated amp comparison chart in your post.

I have a question that seems obvious by looking at the chart. Would it be fair to say that Nuprime believes that the stereo MCX amplifier would be a solid upgrade over the 200 watt amplifier of the IDA-16? Also, Is there an integrated being considered for the MCX line of amps? Thank you.

Cheers,

Scott


rustydoglim

Re: Rusty....AMG amps. Info please.
« Reply #3 on: 3 Sep 2019, 06:07 pm »
MCX has more power and dynamic than IDA-16 but not necessary a clear cut preferrable sound than IDA-16.
Obviously if budget allow, Evo series would be the ultimate upgrade for IDA-16 customer.
We are still undecided about the integrated for AMG series. It is against the design philosophy of the AMG where each component is unique (for example, jaw dropping sound quality for the standalone preamp + headphone amp, I have heard it).

So unless you want to go with separate components, wait for the IDA-32.

Samac

Re: Rusty....AMG amps. Info please.
« Reply #4 on: 3 Sep 2019, 08:12 pm »
Thanks for the reply and the advice, Jason. That is good news that there will be an IDA-32; Really looking forward to what it will offer.

Cheers,

Scott

sresener

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Re: Rusty....AMG amps. Info please.
« Reply #5 on: 13 Sep 2019, 01:41 am »
When will you have more information about the dedicated pre amp?

rustydoglim

Re: Rusty....AMG amps. Info please.
« Reply #6 on: 16 Sep 2019, 07:34 am »
The objective for preamp is to do more than just volume control and channel selection. What do most audiophiles want ? Change the sound characteristic in a subtle way to suite the mood or for component matching.  Pro audio preamps have EQ setting but they are done using DSP and affected the sound in a different way (something will be lost).  Furthermore, changing sound characteristic doesn't necessary mean changing EQ.  How do you add warmth for example.

We will explain how it is done soon.  Yes, I heard the amazing preamp.