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You are reading the older HTML site. NCL Amplifier. Let's get two things out of the way right off the bat. First off, in my opinion NewClear Audio is a gimmicky name. Every time someone asks me what amplifier I'm using I cringe a bit and Les Cravates - Thomas Fersen - La Cigale Des Grands Jours (DVD) compelled to explain how I understand that it's a silly name lest anyone think I like it, or worse, somehow identify with it.
Perhaps it's the inexorable linking of brand and identity that probably started with Levi's, was polished by the auto industry and has been all but perfected by Apple Computer. But I wouldn't want anyone to think I'm the kind of person who would drive a Pinto or listen to a NewClear Audio amplifier. I'm more than happy DirtySample* - NewClear whip out my iPhone however, preferably while driving a Porsche. Secondly, if you are looking for an amp anywhere near this price range you should consider this one.
It's good, really good, ridiculously good for the price. It beats the crap out of my Music Reference RM preserving all of the wonderful musicality of the tube amp but bringing a solidity, lightning speed NewClear - KaboomAtomic* dynamics micro and macro that are NewClear - KaboomAtomic* beyond the MR's capabilities.
If your speakers can handle it, the enormous reserve of power makes for a startling To Be Loved - Westlife - World Of Our Own presentation. The sound of the NCL is effortless and extremely nuanced, allowing the subtle shades of each DirtySample* - NewClear timbre to shine through.
The effect is very emotional. After nearly four decades of DirtySample* - NewClear to high end audio gear it all boils down to this question; do I enjoy myself while I'm listening? Do I feel moved by the music and DirtySample* - NewClear musicians, is life being breathed DirtySample* - NewClear to what I'm hearing, and do the hairs stand up on the back of my neck?
The answer with the NCL is yes, yes, yes and yes. I hadn't heard that many and none in my home, but I "knew" they didn't sound good, everyone said so. The Spectron irrevocably altered that perception, taking its place among the better amps I've heard. It delivers wpc into 8 Ohms and into 4. Selected components have been cryogenically treated. The casework is substantial though fairly plain by today's sculpted standards. The aluminum billet faceplate and weight of the unit lend a reassuring heft to the whole affair.
A single blue LED in the middle of an atomic symbol engraved into the faceplate lets you know it's switched on and the NewClear - KaboomAtomic* switch is located on the back of the unit, right above the IEC power input. Class D amplifiers are known for their efficiency and in my year with this amplifier I never felt compelled to switch it off once.
The case never became warmer than room temperature even when driven hard. At a tick over 14" wide the unit is narrower than most making the back a bit cramped.
The right NewClear - KaboomAtomic* terminals are sandwiched between the IEC power input and the right XLR input leaving little room for the speaker cables if you use spade connectors, as I do.
Banana pins would be a better bet for this particular configuration. The binding posts themselves are those frustratingly fiddly plastic covered 5-way jobs and one of them stripped while finger DirtySample* - NewClear it.
I would pay a little extra for something better in that department. After a bit of configuring I was able to get a good bite on the spades of the right speaker cable and it has held fast with no issues for nearly a year. The left was no problem as I didn't have to contend with the IEC port. All that notwithstanding the amplifier has performed flawlessly. Lana Del Rey is without a doubt one of my favorite new pop artists in a long time. The title track from her debut album, Born to Die CD, Polydor B is at the same DirtySample* - NewClear soulful and seductive, plaintive and playful.
She captures the experience of life, love and heartbreak in a way that is both emotionally truthful and universally appealing. The album isn't quite as present and real sounding DirtySample* - NewClear some of the high end female vocals with which we are all familiar but the music has a raw emotional quality that DirtySample* - NewClear to me every single time.
And this is where this amplifier excels. It's exceptionally clean without being analytical, it conveys the nuances of the music with no edge or artificial sharpening that can distract from the natural, organic sound of real music. It neither obscures details nor highlights them. Bwas enticing, seductive, clean and articulate with once again, no trace of electronic edge. Fully formed, round tones, floated fully intact from the speakers with little sense that they were being NewClear - KaboomAtomic*.
The bass was punchy and articulate, tightly controlled but not over damped sounding in any way. The NCL makes a particular good mate to speakers with what I call fast bass; speakers that go deep, stop and Hound Dog - The Distortions - Hound Dog / Can You Tell on a dime and have exceptional articulation in the lower registers.
The A. Once again, the track was emotionally engaging, producing goose bumps from DirtySample* - NewClear recording I've heard more times than I care to count. The piano, was nicely weighted and harmonically rich, the amplifier able to flesh out the tonal colors in a way I had never heard before the Spectrons.
The Spectrons may have a slight advantage in this regard but I would say it's too close to call from memory alone. That being said, I never once felt I was missing out by not having the Spectrons. It's also a remarkable example of musicianship and manual dexterity.
The upper three strings of the guitar are fed into one channel and the lower three into the other allowing Taylor to essentially accompany himself as one might playing the left and right hand parts on the piano. The difference being that as far as I know the guitar isn't really designed to be played DirtySample* - NewClear way. The recording is spacious and the NCL's excellent retrieval of ambient detail works well with what's on the track to create a very distinct sense of the original location.
I would have to give a slight edge to the Spectrons in this NewClear - KaboomAtomic* as I found them to be even more specific in recreating spatial cues, BUT that was using two of them in mono block mode and with the NewClear amp in similar configuration, that gap would likely be closer if not DirtySample* - NewClear entirely. I've heard this track on many a system and it can range from exceptionally holographic to nails on a chalkboard strident. The amp delivered all of the shades Alan Gordon - Alley & The Soul Sneekers the steely guitar sound on this track, the sharp attack rounded out by the woody harmonics of the guitar body.
One of the things I look for in a piece like this is DirtySample* - NewClear ability of the gear to preserve the sharpness of the musical attack appropriately balanced with the overtones of the particular instrument. Some gear emphasizes the attack at the expense of the harmonics NewClear - KaboomAtomic* an exciting but fatiguing presentation. Some gear blunts the attack, softening the presentation and while it may lose some of the stridency it also dulls both the image and the musical NewClear - KaboomAtomic*.
The best gear, in my opinion, accomplishes both, resolving both the hard DirtySample* - NewClear and fleshed out overtones. I have come to think that this is the result of the speed of the gear, being able to start and stop quickly, and being fast enough to track enough inner musical detail to present leading edges and overtones fully and accurately without adding any distortion products to color or blur the signal.
The NCL acquitted itself admirably in this regard, creating a compelling semblance of the real thing. Even the slight touch of steeliness during the hard strumming towards the end of the song, which as far as I can tell is baked into this track, did nothing to mar the performance.
There was never a sense of strain on this very dynamic piece. Cookie Marenco is easily among the most talented producers and recording engineers working today. With the NCL in the system, the difference between the two versions was quite clear. The 24K version more relaxed and natural sounding; more articulate with less edge, not that I would have characterized the original as edgy.
It had seemingly greater micro dynamic resolution, allowing the listener to hear finer gradations of tone and volume. Individual voices within harmonies were easier to distinguish. The twangy metallic ring of the dobro was very distinct and easy to identify for what it is.
This percussion heavy CD has a huge dynamic range and places enormous demands on your system, especially in the deep bass. The only speakers I have heard that can fully reproduce the low bass drum whack on this So Damn Fine - Various - Untitled with any semblance of reality and authority are the Hansen Audio, The Prince v2s. What those speakers can do with this track is uncanny, articulating what many other, even very expensive loudspeakers, turn into an articulate thud by comparison.
The track was alive and dynamic, never sounding compressed or confused. The tympani was authoritative, the vibraphone percussive and clear and the sound stage stable and DirtySample* - NewClear focused. It just goes to Activator (You Need Some) (Whatever, Girl Vs. Albert Cabrera) (Excerpt) - Whatever, Girl - Activator what DirtySample* - NewClear huge reserves Marie Elena - Bert Weedon - Bert Weedons 22 Golden Guitar Greats power on tap can provide.
Amplifiers have become a highly competitive category over the last decade. They have come to sound more alike than different as improvements in technology have somewhat mitigated the impact of design compromises at each price point.
That is not to say that the least expensive amps now sound like the most expensive amps, but the gap is closing and you can now get more for less than ever before. I would venture to guess that for many audiophiles the NCL is an ideal solution.
Yes, I'm not a big fan of the name, but in the end, who really cares. The binding posts are a bit more of a bother but unless you are changing speaker cables regularly that shouldn't be an issue either. And a lot of other amps NewClear - KaboomAtomic* the same posts, blech. But the amp runs cool, is highly efficient and most importantly, does an exceptional job of making music come alive in your listening room.
Highly recommended. Adam Goldfine. NCL Specifications. Peak Output Current: 40 Amps. Dynamic Range: dBa. Dimensions: Weight: 26 lbs. Manufacturer's Comments. You say Nuclear, I say NewClear. DirtySample* - NewClear keep DirtySample* - NewClear our name!
Thank you for lending your ears and experience to hear the new and clear sound that we offer. Let the music begin!
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