Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps

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This thread is meant to provide an easy comparison of Cherry Amplifiers.

Our first one for this comparison....

Golden Cherry
  monoblock configuration
  400Wpc into 4Ω
  60V 1kW dual switching power supplies, 120VAC or 230VAC mains
  0.002% THD+N at 10W, 1kHz
  118dB SNR
  0.016Ω wideband output impedance
  100kHz bandwidth
  no-sleep mod
  modulator circuit tweaks for extra "smoothness"
  <8 lbs per channel
  5" x 6" x 6"
  $6900/pr list





(also available in silver, black, or red)
« Last Edit: 19 Jun 2020, 05:39 am by AmpDesigner333 »

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Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #1 on: 19 Jun 2020, 05:36 am »
Will be interested to this comparison fill out.
Glad you started with the monoblocks.
Glad that you gave us good pictures also.
Keep up the good work.
Bruce

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Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #2 on: 19 Jun 2020, 05:36 am »
Cherry Stereo MEGAschino MK2
  stereo configuration
  660Wpc into 4Ω
  Internal linear power supply, 120VAC or 230VAC mains
  0.001% THD+N at 10W, 1kHz
  120dB SNR
  0.036Ω wideband output impedance
  150kHz bandwidth
  auto-sleep
  12-MOSFET output stages
  36 lbs
  17" x 14" x 5"
  $6100 list





(also available with black faceplate)

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Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #3 on: 19 Jun 2020, 05:46 am »
2-CHerry (standard version)
  stereo configuration
  400Wpc into 4Ω
  Internal switching power supply, 120VAC or 230VAC mains
  0.002% THD+N at 10W, 1kHz
  118dB SNR
  0.016Ω wideband output impedance
  100kHz bandwidth
  auto-sleep
  12 lbs
  14" x 10" x 5"
  $2490 list





(also available in KING version with WBT Gold binding posts plus black or red faceplate)

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Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #4 on: 19 Jun 2020, 11:23 am »
This thread is meant to provide an easy comparison of Cherry Amplifiers.

Our first one for this comparison....

Golden Cherry
  monoblock configuration
  400Wpc into 4Ω
  60V 1kW dual switching power supplies, 120VAC or 230VAC mains
  0.002% THD+N at 10W, 1kHz
  118dB SNR
  0.016Ω wideband output impedance
  100kHz bandwidth
  no-sleep mod
  modulator circuit tweaks for extra "smoothness"
  <8 lbs per channel
  5" x 6" x 6"
  $6900/pr list





(also available in silver, black, or red)

Tommy finished mine in the Black top with blue light but with the sleep function still retained!!  He expects shipping them today😄😄😄😄😄


RonN5

Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #5 on: 19 Jun 2020, 02:43 pm »
congrats!!  Really looking forward to your impressions....in my case, for the 2cherry, it sounded great right out of the box.

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Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #6 on: 19 Jun 2020, 04:40 pm »
Very informative post, I have some questions on Amp dimensions and power supply.

Dimensions provided for Golden Cherry Amp: 5" x 6" x 6"
- Is that also the footprint for 60v power supply used with Golden Cherry and DTM's?
- Im assuming this is the same power supply used with King STM?

Dimensions provided for 2 Cherry and Megaschino, Are those dimensions with faceplate? or just the box?
- 2 Cherry - Box? ___ With face plate?____
- Megaschino - Box? ___With face plate?____
- DAC4800A Amp ?

Lastly Im trying to understand the difference between power supplies in these various amps? 
- 60v used in Golden Cherry, DTM, STM
- Toroidal Transformers in Megaschino and DAC4800A
- Not sure which power supply is used in 2 cherry?

What drives the decision to use different power supplies? Is it, Size? Power? Compatibility? none of the above? 

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Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #7 on: 20 Jun 2020, 02:03 am »
Very informative post, I have some questions on Amp dimensions and power supply.

Dimensions provided for Golden Cherry Amp: 5" x 6" x 6"
- Is that also the footprint for 60v power supply used with Golden Cherry and DTM's?
- Im assuming this is the same power supply used with King STM?

Dimensions provided for 2 Cherry and Megaschino, Are those dimensions with faceplate? or just the box?
- 2 Cherry - Box? ___ With face plate?____
- Megaschino - Box? ___With face plate?____
- DAC4800A Amp ?

Lastly Im trying to understand the difference between power supplies in these various amps? 
- 60v used in Golden Cherry, DTM, STM
- Toroidal Transformers in Megaschino and DAC4800A
- Not sure which power supply is used in 2 cherry?

What drives the decision to use different power supplies? Is it, Size? Power? Compatibility? none of the above?
I'll answer more later, but....

The 60V 1kW power supply used for KING Maraschinos (ILM, DTM, GCM, STM) is also used for the 2-CHerry, 3-CHerry, 4-CHerry, and 5-CHerry.

The enclosure of the 60V 1kW power supply used for KING Maraschinos is about 6.5" x 6.5" x 2.5" and weighs less than 4 lbs.

For reference:
  ILM = In-Line Maraschino
  DTM = Desktop Maraschino
  GCM = Golden Cherry Maraschino
  STM = Stereo Maraschino


Maraschino 60V Power Supply (with optional 12VDC jack for powering a Cherry DAC DAC):




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Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #8 on: 22 Jun 2020, 05:28 am »
Is this comparison just about specs or are you going to describe in detail the sonic differences between them?

Jeremy Kipnis feels the Megachino is a noticeable step above the Golden Cherries in sound quality......what do you think?  Where does the 2 cherry stand?

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0418/Digital_Amplifier_Company_MEGAschino_Stereo_Amplifier_Review.htm

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Re: Golden Cherry vs MEGAschino MK2 vs other Cherry Amps
« Reply #9 on: 22 Jun 2020, 02:22 pm »
Is this comparison just about specs or are you going to describe in detail the sonic differences between them?

Jeremy Kipnis feels the Megachino is a noticeable step above the Golden Cherries in sound quality......what do you think?  Where does the 2 cherry stand?

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0418/Digital_Amplifier_Company_MEGAschino_Stereo_Amplifier_Review.htm

What praise for both the Golden Cherries and MEGAschino. I currently own a pair of Golden Cherry Monoblocks and will be talking to Tommy soon about the Megachino. I need another amp for a different system.