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I have now spoken with Nuforce users were were using tube amplification prior to their Reference 8 mono's.
I have heard that this new model (Ref 8) has something very special to offer, epecially for the price.
I will be auditioning a pair of the mono's in my system starting next week. Since a 30-day money-back is available, I can't see an easier or more conclusive way for me make an evaluation.
I will be putting it up against an excellent contender,the CJ MV60 (with Gallo Ref 3's), and will post my findings.
Initial impressions are VERY good.
Dynamics superior to my reference tube amplifier.
Smooth, yet extremely fast, extended highs without glare or fatigue. Midrange transparent and palpable with excellent microdynamics. Powerfully extended, yet musical, low bass, mid-bass somewhat full in my system (with the upgraded Votec power cables (a solid performer in the under $150 powercord category, recommended to me by NuForce).
Incredible image focus and ambient recovery.
Huge soundfield and highly specific soundstage, also very powerful sounding for a 100 wpc amp, With the Gallo Ref 3's, plays louder without folding up than my current reference the CJ MV-60 (the CJ is a 60 wpc EL34 amp. Tube watts, that is).
These are some of my initial impressions.
More to come...
Not wanting to be too hasty, Adamay, after two more months of critical evaluation of the Nuforce Reference 8's...
I will be selling my reference tube amplifier and all the others in favor of the Nuforce amps. In my system, and for my ears and money, and in extensive A-B tests the Nuforce has proven more satisfying in every way.
Sonic Euphoria TVC Passive preamp
Gallo Reference 3
VH Pulsar interconnects
Goertz M1-2 Speaker Cables
I also want to say that the folks at Nuforce, Maria, Jason, and Casey (the most audiophile savvy of the three) have been quite helpful to me, letting me know about updates and upgrades of these new amps. As a result I feel confident that Nuforce has it figured out that customer service is at the heart of boutique audio.
Those interested in another opinion on NuForce may wish to read this.
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