I evaluated a new Hypex-based switching amp recently. I can't mention it yet as it hasn't been released, but I will say that Class D has come a long way in a short time. It didn't beat my Belles power amp, but at a proposed fraction of the price it looks to be excellent value for money as it gave a goodly dollop of great performance and tons of highly efficient power.
Well I listened to as much of the Podcast with Bruno Putzeys as I could manage.
Here are the bullet points-
- they deliver neutral sound - all specs / measurements are well improved from his Hypex N-Core days - lowest distortion at all power levels and frequencies - he thinks it's the best amp he has worked on but of course it's partly his product he's selling - will be available as DIY modules at end of the year so could be very good value: you won't have to pay exorbitant prices for fancy cases etc like with some Hypex N-Core amps on the market now
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I'm sure this new Lumin amp is nicely constructed but struggling to understand the 11k price tag - I can't see anything particularly ground-breaking in the blurb - Class AB / dual mono / custom transformer etc Am sure the case cost a few quid.