NuPrime MCH-K38 (received 2 weeks back, connected this week)
As they say in some fast food retaurants >>> "the quality is remembered long after the wait is forgotten"
Early days. But drawn in to listen and re-listen. Using for stereo music only at this early stage. Pleasantly surprised by the good sound. Instrument timbre accurate. Uncanny quiet back-ground comparable to Devialet.
Immediate thoughts are:
Sound quality >>>
1) It is indeed a poor-man's Devialet. The sound def leans that direction.
2) It is not a Mark Levinson 33H. Not a ML335.
3) It is better than the Proceed AMP5 that for years was a Sound Journal reference THX multi-channel amp in the early 2000's.
4) Much, much better than the Rotel 1075 & 1095 multi-channel amps.
5) Similar but with with a different sound to the Audiolab monoblocks that sold out at R11,000 a channel.
The price tag of around R50,000 (NEW)(or R6000 per channel) for 8 x 200W channels of this sound quality, is a true bargain in my eyes.
1) You have switches to set each channel input to XLR or RCA as u please.
2) Switches enabling u to bridge all or some channels.
3) It enables you to drive a 5.1.2 Atmos system (so 8 - 5=3 channels open) where the Atmos speakers may be driven by the decoding AVR, and then have a dedicated specialist music stereo pre-amp that feeds into 2 of the remaining 3 NuPrime channels to drive your specialist stereo music system. Then u could have a BD player feeding the AVR and a dedicated specialist reference transport with DAC feeding the music pre into the NuPrime. GREAT !!
1) This amp has no equal in this department at this price of R6,000 per channel.
2) Considering the early bird special price - even better. (Maybe I can get the one where the money was refunded)
Current end conclusion >>>
1) I bought 3. Should have bought 4.
Will do some more listening and report back.
Equipment used at the moment >>>
Oppo 95 into XLR Shunyata Research Zita Anaconda XLR into NuPrime MCH-K38 (not bridged) into Monster M1.2s speaker cable into Vivid K1's. All power cables Furutech.