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In Reply to: RE: MARANTZ PM-10 Class D amplifier posted by Disbeliever on June 01, 2017 at 09:57:05
That's too bad. Another OEM module in a box me-too amp, just like the ones built by small garage shop audiophile manufacturer wannabe outfits.
I'm disappointed that a highly respected brand like Marantz took the low road to higher margins and profitability on this one. Lower R&D investment, lower cost of entry, lower cost of parts, quicker to market, with higher profits. Lazy.
Wouldn't be the first time...won't be the last.
Morricab what is your opinion of Ncore SQ ?
Heard the Mola mola now a few times and Taiko Audio (from Netherlands) and in both cases the sound is clean and fast...and lacking tone and a natural flow to the sound. Bass has little to no texture either. I guess it beats some SS stuff and the poorer tube stuff but it doesn't beat either at the higher levels of performance. As you know, I am not just a tube guy, I am a SET guy so you can take my opinion of ncore from that perspective...it is somewhat dry and sterile based on what I hear live...there is a lot of normal SS that fits that category as well but there is a strange...texture...to the Class D sound that I find more synthetic sounding than other dry sounding SS (like Naim or Linn gear for example).
I hear more or less the same thing with the Devialet gear so there is not an improvement there either.
I agree, furthermore I still much prefer Class AB .
I've tried a number of Class D amps over the years. They sound pretty good but not great to me. But some folks seem to like them. They can offer excellent value.
As I've said before, my personal belief is that they belong in sanely priced amps that offer great bang for the buck.... i.e. high value.
But when a manufacturer stuffs OEM Class D modules in a pretty chassis and charges crazy stratospheric audiophile pricing, that's just wrong. We can get better sound in traditional Class AB amps IMHO so the only place Class D makes perfect sense to me is in modestly priced amps or in situations demanding power efficiency. I have little respect for 'high-end' manufacturers who stuff OEM modules in a box.
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