Originally Posted by HTNUT1975
I don't know how/if it is beneficial with these amps. Looking at the hypex website, the switch mode power supplies designed to couple with their NCores are modest in size/weight. I couldn't find anything in NAD's marketing for their Master's Series amps touting the Holmgren transformer. I think that may go back to earlier generations of their amps. What I do know is the Ncore technology that is in their Master's series evidently tests very well (superior to their older designs). I think this particular issue is a matter of advancement in amplifier tech more than cutting corners (but, I don't really know what I'm talking about--I know enough to know that the hypex amps are testing incredibly well).
That may very well be true, but I fail to see the cost increase due to these new manufacturing technologies, unless they are trying to recoup the R&D of this new technology, and make a sizable profit at the same time. I will admit as you do, that "I don't really know what I'm talking about". I do know that I am stating facts here, concerning pricing. We know that no matter what happens, the prices of "New" components/technology will never
go down. The consumers just got done absorbing a double whammy here. Once with the increase of the prices across the board of $300 for the T 758 v3 and the T777 v3, and then we get the MSRP of $200 more than that to the final $2,999 we have with the introduction of the T778. In less than one year's time, the price incurred purchasing the top of the line AVR went up $500 total. From a MSRP of $2,499 to $2,999 in less than one year seems to be an increase of 20%. That's not chump change when you consider that some mid grade AVR's cost that much
When someone says that their AVR budget is $500, I can just relate with the fact that the cost of owning NAD's flagship AVR has increased
that same amount in just one years time. I guess I should feel lucky to have purchased my T777 v3 before the initial price increase, and at a refurbished price that saved me $700 over the MSRP at that time of $2,499. I don't want to harp on this too much, but I feel it should be at least noticed by people interested in what's happening with NAD's pricing structure. I paid $1,799 for a refurbished flagship (not including the T787) product that is now $2,999. There's no way that I could justify three grand for an AVR, but that's probably just me
I guess time will tell how good this new technology proves itself to be. One of the problems is that once you start talking about flagship components, the price curve has already leveled off to the point where you could never realize a 20% performance increase just because the price has increased 20%. It's tough enough to compare the measurements between the top name brands without just centering your attention on cost alone.