Did anyone here the new NL14 or NL14+ amps yet?
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Hi Zephyr, I am the very happy owner of 2 NL14+ monoblocks amplifiers purchased directly from Maker Audio. They are stunning amps!!! They are just the best amps I've ever heard in my life. Tom Maker the designer told me that he compares directly the NL14+ to the Edge Signature One.2 monoblocks at just slightly less than $40k less than the current Sig one.2 retail!!! The NL14+ have many improvements compared to the old NL designs, much more capacitance (272 000 uf), more efficiency transformers, a line conditioner built into the 2 chassis, laser bias upgraded too, transformers are 4X1250 VA, 2500 VA by block! Power provides 2 X 325 W under 8 Ohms! All the improvements provides much more control than before and I can tell you the NL14+ couple amps outperforms all the amps I have already listened in my life included the NL12.1 and many others much more expensive audio amplifiers. Every music moment with these amps is a musical magic moment. I can hear so much things never heard before.... The improvement in my audio system with the NL14+ is such that I think I have change my Eggleston Rosa loudspeakers!!!!And they are so musicals!!!I can hear each instrument from a jazz or rock or classical music band without any stress or confusion, all is open, relax and dynamic if the signal needs to....
With the NL14+, I can also hear very easily each note from beginning to end and I can better understand where the musicians wants us to go with them. Whaoo!!!, the bandwidth seems to be infinite with the NL14+, the bass extension and control are stunning, the medium and treble are just so beautiful,true and precise....At their price $12500, I think they are a amazing opportunity to get exceptionnal high end amps! My opinion is that the NL14+ are my definitive amps!!!
Hope this helps you.
Greetings...thank you for all the feedback and the comparison to the NL 12.1 (I have owned 2 and still have one of them...). I heard the same things from Tom and could feel that the NL 14+ are a definite improvement over amps that I am already very familiar with (the Signature monos). He also makes an NL 14 stereo amp version which is comparable from what I've heard. I am planning on trying the NL14+ version later this year and may (depending upon finances, space available, matching powercords, etc...) wind up with at least the NL14 and hopefully the NL14+.
If your are planning on staying with EW speakers, have you heard the Andra IIIs or the Savoy? They are tremendous speakers. If not, what are you considering for your next speaker? Given what the NLs are capable off, you have many choices for dynamic, musical and involving speakers.
Thanks again for all the feedback!
Hello, I am planning on staying with my EW Rosa speakers for at least one or two years but perhaps after going on the Andra III.... A friend of mine has the Andra III and I confirm they are really tremendous speakers whithout any doubt, but for the Savoy model I think my current living room is unfortunetly too little for this model...
I hope you will arrive to finance the NL14+, you will be happy for many years with these new fabulous amps designs from Tom!!!
Thanks again Manodyo for the detailed feedback. As some more time has passed and they are surely well broken in by now, can you let me know what you are hearing in more detail?
Thanks! I am getting closer to a decision to move up from NL 12.1 and I'd appreciate any more recent impressions that you have...
Manodyo....you were so RIGHT about what the NL14 line brings to the table!!! Just put a new NL14 Stereo amp in place of my tried and true Edge NL12.1 stereo amp. Maker has definitely raised the bar with the organic and musical attributes that the NL14 brings 'cold' right out of the box. I cannot wait to hear what this amp is capable of with 500-1000 hours on it. Soundstage density, depth and refinement have taken a big leap forward over and above the already impressive NL12.1. Packing the NL12.1 was like saying goodbye to an old and trusted friend however, based upon what i heard within 15 minutes of powering up the NL14, I will miss the NL12.1 but will not be looking back....NL14, first in North America from what I'm told. More people should hear this amp!!!
Virtual system pics are updated.....
Had some of the big guns out yesterday+today as the Maker NL14 crosses 200 hours of break-in with amazing results...cannot wait to hear what this amp does after 500 hours or so. A very varied program of demanding break-in material;
Widor Symphony 5 and 6, Cavaille-Coll Organ, Saint-Ouen (van Oosten)
Widor Symphony 5 and 6, Cavaille-Coll Organ, Saint-Suplice (Roth)
WIdor Mass, Cavaille-Coll Organ, Saint-Suplice (Roth)
Four Great Toccatas&Fugues, Four Antiphonal Organs, Frieburg Cathedral (Power-Biggs)
21 Spices, Trilok Gurtu & NDR Big Band
Fujiyama, Ondekoza, Gold CD
Kyoten Douchi, Ondekoza, K2HD
Doutou Banri, Ondekoza, K2HD HQMastering
Legend, Odekoza 20-bit K2
Super Trio, FIM Music UDC Ultimate Disc
Fagen, Morph The Cat
Tathagatha, He Xun Tian
Sister Drum, Dadawa
Seven Days, Dadawa
TOUCH, YELLO (their best album to-date IMHO)
AIRBORNE, Dean Peer
Miscellaneous PHUTUREPRIMATIVE and ZeroOne tracks...
Miscellaneous Porcupine Tree tracks across several albums
THE ROAD HOME, Jordan Rudess
Various favorite Mahler #1, #2 and Shostakovich #5, #8, #10 tracks
Various Jazz tracks of Venus Hyper-magnum 24/192s and SACDs
Various Jazz tracks of FIM/LIM UDCs....
Extremely impressed....!!! More to come!
Zephyr24069 are the NL14+ amps based on the Edge NL Signature One Mono Amplifiers.
My friend has the Edge NL Signature one amps.
He's using a Mark Levinson 380 preamp, Sony SCD-1 CD SACD player modified by Richard Kern and JM Lab Mezzo Utopia speakers.
The Edge NL Signature One Mono Amplifiers sound like a tube amp with solid state authority.
If the Maker amps are better then those amps, they must be amazing amplifiers.
Threw a lot of big classical on demanding playback levels at the NL14 yesterday and today. At only 250 hours or so, this amp is opening my eyes further to the changes it brings. It has taken everything I've thrown at it in stride and rewards with very musical sounds, great imaging and overall and very impressive experience. Don't have time to write more but "HOLY SH%^& What an Amp!" comes to mind no matter whether it's rendering subtle violin, piano, sax, flute, vocal or other delicate passages or is in full-on assault mode for any of the most demanding material I've thrown at it. Tom Maker has done it again and even better than the prior NL12.x and Sig One generations!
The NL14 crosses 350 hours today.....extremely happy with the texture, liquidity, depth and musicality of the entire frequency spectrum. I've had a couple guys over that know my system well and what this amp is capable of taken all by surprise in terms of what a jump it is over an already great amp that preceded it. The soundstage is much more dense in all dimensions and the room is filled with very realistic music you can almost touch.....extremely impressed and happy with this move!
After last night's great listening session, Zephyr, I'd agree completely. Compared to the NL12.1 you now have a more liquid and enveloping sound. You still have breathtaking levels of detail retrieval, but with a more liquid and enveloping and inviting personality, and less razor's edge character.
That your previous setup could be improved both boggles the mind and is the truth that keeps nuts like us spinning the gears in our heads.
I do but have been using an Esoteric A-02 stereo amp for a while now; it mates even better with my pre-amp and the Wavelet RoomEQ device. It's giving me even more magic in the mids and highs than I've ever had before. There is something to be said for system synergy for sure......the Maker is a fine piece and may wind up in another system in the house very soon!
I see you've got yours up for sale; what are you moving to (if anything)?
Best of luck with all that....it is a fine amp so it's a great idea to see how it mates with your new speakers, etc....for me with the Aeris and the processor, the A-02 was a better match overall, not for anything lacking in the NL14 amp by any means but simply in the overall synergy of the A-02's sound putting more tube-like characteristics into the audio chain right before the speakers and their processor. For my ears and what I'm looking for, a better combination, nothing more...
Will be interested to hear your assessment. Maker Audio mostly flies under the radar but the products are outstanding for the money. My Ref 2a amp outclassed and replaced some very good class D amps I was listening to (Devialet, Ncore and Auralic) while providing an audio upgrade in almost every parameter: increased body, sound-staging, decay, delicacy and naturalness, all without missing any detail or extension.