Frequently Asked Questions
No not at all, you can use an 8 channel amp as a 2 channel amp if you want. There is no need to have either a signal or a speaker plugged into any of the channels.Last updated:
• Yes there are, each amplifier has 4 slots which you can populate with any of the following modules.
• 125 W stereo modules (making up to 8 channels across 4 slots)
• 125 W mono modules (making up to 4 channels across 4 slots)
• 250 W stereo modules (making up to 8 channels across 4 slots)
• 250 W mono modules (making up to 4 channels across 4 slots)
• 500 W stereo modules (making up to 6 channels across 3 slots)
• 500 W mono modules (making up to 4 channels across 4 slots)
• 100 W mono tweeter modules
The tweeter modules are powered as daughter boards by the above parent modules, you can use 1 per parent module and a pair takes up one slot in your amplifier.
I’ll list some of the configurations in the rewards I think will be most popular, if you need a different configuration or the rewards are sold out already you can message me using the Kickstarter message system and I can add you configuration to the rewards section for you to
Alternatively, some of the configurations listed in the rewards will not have all the slots populated so feel free to order the closest to your needs and we can add your extra modules later.Last updated:
Some manufacturers provide the ability to change the op-amps in the input stage of the amplifiers to change or ‘improve’ the sound, do you?
These latest N-Core modules have got a buffer already built in, Bruno Putzney (N-Core designer) is one of the most talented audio designers on the planet so I’m pretty sure he’s got this well sorted in these modules. Most of these off-board buffers use op-amps which must exist in a circuit that is designed and optimised for that op-amp. Op-amp 'rolling' should be discouraged, as putting a supposedly high performing op-amp into a circuit not designed for it can cause oscillations in the circuit that will cause non-linearity further down the line. I don’t provide this functionality, I want to make amplifiers that are unconditionally stable into all loads.Last updated:
Yes you can! I'll contact all the backers at the end to find out your preferences.Last updated:
My original answer was yes, but you will have to pay the extra costs involved. I've been back to my case supplier and actually I can do this alternative back panel at no extra cost. The answer is now an unequivocal YES! This is great news for those of you who keep your equipment in a rack or just prefer these great connectors. I'll contact all the backers at the end to find out your preferences.Last updated:
I was asked why a potential backer shouldn't just buy a Nord or Apollon amplifier or one of the other similar looking NC boxes out there.
There are 2 big differences. Firstly it is very flexible, it allows a user to return to base to have modules added or swapped without having to completely rebuild the whole amplifier. The ability to cater for every configuration is built into both the case and the control board. This ability for the control board and the case to cater for this means that each build is not only a custom build but at the same time it is able to be built with production line ease. The problem with most 'custom' builds is that they end up looking a little DIY in their execution. I wanted to get away from that feeling while still being able to offer full customisation.
The second major point of difference is the control board, it allows the amplifier modules to communicate to the user things like DC detection, temperature, clip, error shutdown etc. It controls start-up sequence to stop fuses blowing on power up and 12V triggers can be implemented as standard. It also provides for intelligent cooling which neither of the others do. Class D amps are obviously very efficient but pulling 6 x 500 Watts from the mains still potentially generates a lot of heat if those amps are being pushed to those limits. In this design a pair of large and essentially silent fans can be pressed into service should things get a little warm, under most domestic listening circumstances or course they don't. Even the very high end Ncore based offerings don't offer well thought out cooling.
As you noticed Apollon and Nord also use the same off the shelf cases in an effort to keep the costs down so a similar look is inevitable as is the question you pose. I'm pretty happy that my version is much more flexible and offers greater functionality to the user at similar prices though.
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