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    Re: Nord One Up Ncore NC500 amps, Class D ready for prime time .....

    @watts: Brilliant write up as usual.
    I will have to try more expensive XLR cables and as 'Voicesinmyhead' said, he has found a better power cable and fuse to make a difference, but I've spent so much money in the last few months and in the last few days I've taken delivery of new speakers (Boenicke W8) which have been jaw dropping but am now thinking of getting their top model in the range.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by VoicesInMyHead View Post
    I would call that a great review, very nicely written!

    As you are already suggesting I think the Nords is an excellent amp to experiment with other things in the chain as it will not try to hide or disguise anything from you. Trying a preamp (or another DAC) that add's some midrange warmth or different flavour might be a priceless combo. I also had great positive effect by upping the power cable, money wise it was almost like a joke what kind of cables I had attached to the Nord, but it really shined when being served better power and signals. The 10% rule seems outdated to me, I believe cables can do so much more as it's not just about the cable itself, but how it actually enables the amp or equipment to perform better.
    Listening impressions; not review

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    Oh btw, a friend actually blew some fuses with his Maggies... I would never dare to bypass it as I know is common with Maggie owners, but changing the fuse in the Nord was also a great improvement to me.
    The best part of maggies is the tweakability of them. They recommend owners to remove the crossover box and replace it with aftermarket adjustable ones. I haven't had the fuses in them for over 10 years, and I have had the Macintosh amps FULL BLAST into them; over 500 watts a side. No problems (other than my ears, but it was just for several seconds; just an experiment to see if I could blow the ribbons: they survived). Distortion is what blows speakers; not volume. As long as clean power is used they will take a beating. I suspect your friend had a mid-range amp or he clipped it? I will investigate the fuse in the Nord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Showroom Dummies View Post
    @watts: Brilliant write up as usual.
    I will have to try more expensive XLR cables and as 'Voicesinmyhead' said, he has found a better power cable and fuse to make a difference, but I've spent so much money in the last few months and in the last few days I've taken delivery of new speakers (Boenicke W8) which have been jaw dropping but am now thinking of getting their top model in the range.............

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    I hear you; it's a sickness. Pretty soon we will all be like Joe

    I have barely broken in my amps and I am already thinking of what to do next. Here is what has been blowing my mind today: I listened to Liquid Tension Experiment last night, the entire album, and I was thinking how could it get any better than this? it was a complete instrumental start to finish; no vocals, and it was recorded rather well. Some of that bass was rumbling the walls, but it did not resonate; it was still tight and stopped when Tony Levin's note stopped. I am well aware I don't have state of the art anything, I know the many areas I could upgrade and get a better SQ, yet I was still wanting for nothing. I mean, there are guys out there with speaker cables that cost more than my entire system! So while there must be many systems sounding better than mine, I don't think it's possible that anyone, anywhere was enjoying their music more than me last night. No-one can take that away from me, and it is not up for argument.
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    Ha! Phew.... I'm glad I'm not the only one. My credit card is still hot from a transaction and I'm already eyeing something new.

    Quote Originally Posted by watts View Post
    I hear you; it's a sickness. Pretty soon we will all be like Joe

    I have barely broken in my amps and I am already thinking of what to do next. Edit...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Showroom Dummies View Post
    @watts: Brilliant write up as usual.
    I will have to try more expensive XLR cables and as 'Voicesinmyhead' said, he has found a better power cable and fuse to make a difference, but I've spent so much money in the last few months and in the last few days I've taken delivery of new speakers (Boenicke W8) which have been jaw dropping but am now thinking of getting their top model in the range.............

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    If you're interested in W11's then give Alto a shout on here or PM me and I'll pass you his contact details, he's not that far from you really and is a dealer for Boenicke and Lumin and has even had W11s running on Nord. So speaking to him might help?
    (I've heard a good few of his system changes while driving W11's)

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    @Watts What a great write up appreciate you taking the time to right such a detailed and precise account really enjoyable. Incidentally I listen to 95% female vocals with Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class being my record of the moment. Enjoy, look forward to your Sparkos thoughts. (We are also working with a new Op Amp at present which combines the best of both worlds but have some tech issue to overcome before release, but please don't ask, until we iron these out wont be releasing them.)
    http://www.nordacoustics.co.uk Nord Acoustics design and manufacture Nord Hypex Amplifiers in the UK. We also build IPL Acoustics Speakers and represent Abrahamsen Audio in the UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfin View Post
    If you're interested in W11's then give Alto a shout on here or PM me and I'll pass you his contact details, he's not that far from you really and is a dealer for Boenicke and Lumin and has even had W11s running on Nord. So speaking to him might help?
    (I've heard a good few of his system changes while driving W11's)
    The W11s will be too big for my room so I've decided to stick with the W8s.
    It would be nice to have a listen to the W11 and (if possible) W13 speakers though.
    Boenicke Audio W8 Speakers with SwingBase; Roksan Caspian CD Player; MFA Classic V2; Nord One SE UP NC500DM Stereo ; SRM Arezzo Turntable; Lumin D1 with Sbooster; Synology DS215j; Van Damme Blue series/Mark Grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by boggit View Post
    @Watts What a great write up appreciate you taking the time to right such a detailed and precise account really enjoyable. Incidentally I listen to 95% female vocals with Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class being my record of the moment. Enjoy, look forward to your Sparkos thoughts. (We are also working with a new Op Amp at present which combines the best of both worlds but have some tech issue to overcome before release, but please don't ask, until we iron these out wont be releasing them.)
    Awesome news Colin. It is so rewarding to buy products from companies like yours, exaSound, and Wyred for that matter where the products continue to evolve, but previous owners of their equipment are not forgotten and have the ability to pay small amounts to upgrade their units to the latest specifications.

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    No comparison of Hattor and NORD amp yet ????

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