Class-D Audio USA have just released their new GaN amp at the CES
Class-D Audio USA have finally shown their GaN based Class-D at the CES, anyone see/hear it? It should be well priced. Wonder if they went the extra yards/cost for the higher 1.5mhz switching frequency, like the mighty Technics SE-R1.
On Jan 23, 2020 at 6:14 PM, Sales <[email protected]> wrote: Hi George, Yes, our new GaN amp was just at the CES show a few weeks ago, and was a big success. If you email me tomorrow and remind me, I can provide more information... I’ll try to remember to email when I get to work, but sometimes I get pulled many directions when I get there. Tom
Hi George, Our amp in this brochure attached is the sort of final prototype. The final version being made now for sale has a few upgrades like super nice gold RCA jacks and metal edge XLR’s. These are not going to be available in kits or amp boards as they are complex and expensive to make. The prices for the amps as of now are $1595.00 to $2295.00. We will also have multi channel amps and other matching products coming out soon. You can see they’re being marketed under the name Premium Audio Products as they are more expensive and different product than our Class D Audio amps.
I’ve attached a simple brochure we made up for the CES show. Our amp was displayed (and playing music) at CES by the company that manufactures the Gallium Nitride Transistors, EPC. Here’s how it went:
I wanted to give you a quick update on CES. As I told you, EPC has our amp in their suite at CES now. I went out there to help them setup our equipment. I was a little disappointed when i got there to find out that Technics had dropped off their integrated amp with them for the show also. I thought it would totally take all the attention away from our amp... and to top it off, they asked if I would also setup the Technics amp for them. Technics sent a pair of bookshelf speakers with the amp, and we had also provided a set of older NHT bookshelf speakers (hot rodded a little by me). We also provided a little USB music player we made up here with a 7" touch screen.
Next we turned on our amp and started playing music and, everyone (EPC people) in the room got a huge smile on their face and eyes popping out of their head. They all started firing questions at me about the amp. Next, we powered up the Technics amp expecting so much. As it turned out it just was not the least bit exciting. I’m sure most of this was due to the Klipsch speakers connected to it.
We were invited to come by Tuesday after the show ended for some beer and wine. When we got there, we were kind of treated like rock stars and everyone knew who we were. They told us that our amp sounded so good, they didn’t even turn on the Technics amp.
Since this is an industry show, I don’t know if having our amp there will really help us so much, and they have so much serious technology in the room light years ahead of our amp... but they told me our amp drew more attention just because you can only look at the other products, but our amp was playing some really nice sounds and grabbing attention. That was only day one, and I had to come back yesterday so I can get back to work. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. Tom
That Technics amp above is not the massive SE-R1 GaN poweramp, but their network/integrated streamer GaN amp the SU-G30, it’s like a Swiss army knife of integrateds.
Thanks for the 'insider's view', George. If the development of D-amps continues at the current pace, the 60 lb.blocks can finally stop heating listening rooms....
Not to mention the spinal damage every time we have to move or clean them. I want to see a GaN Class-d amp like Technics SE-R1 with it's 1.5mhz switching frequency for around $1500, it's not out of the question, just needs a different component change and little heatsinking.
My uncle is a Audiophile as well as myself and designs in pro audio, class D has made its mark the Gan circuits can be good but the design circuit also has to be created and voiced also properly around it. it will progress over time ,but still in its early stages .in many cases the good old Vacuum tube which was called obsolete back in the 80s still in many areas still is the standard for realism and naturalness.being part of the audio circuit in a Power amp, preamp, or in digital there is a magic hard to ignore.
The brochure brings to mind looking over a 'pro audio amp', as would be used in a live music venue. It's front panel is one 'visually'; XLR's , as far as I aware, are still uncommon in 'audiophile' (sic) amps....
Personally, I don't have any issues with either; I use Behringer digital eq's and a crossover. along with a splitter/mixer. 1/4" jacks and XLR's exclusively..RCA? Nope. But I don't have a problem over 'gender bending'. *L*
Or 'rack mounting' either. And the $ seems fair for SOTA stuff..
At CES, that wasn't likely an issue...if you go to AXPONA, there might be some 'pushback' or consternation over that...
When I was 'newer' than I am now, Crown was a fav for audio, but now...mostly pro app amps...
But I suppose it's where you sense your market is, and more power to you. *G* No pun intended, but there it is.... ;)
Here is what Paul from ClassDaudio / Premium Audio sent me to put up.
It's looking like it will be one to two months. We upgraded the RCA and XLR
jacks and also added some more protection circuitry. Now we have to wait for new
PBC's to get here and also for cases to be finished. The case work takes some
time. if you can let everyone know, that would be great!
Waiting with great interest. I’m on another continent :)) I sold my monster Sansui 35 kilograms in weight. And I want to buy the next amplifier with delivery by mail :) It’s interesting time. Let's rather industrial amplifiers ganfet.