sexy new balanced amp from matrix

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    Looks real nice!
     
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    At that price, one could get that as a second amp to complement a higher end single ended amp.
     
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    Comes with XLR3 to RCA adapter cables for SE input, so I guess it has a phase splitter?
    5dB/10dB/20dB gain...20dB gain seems like a very large boost.
    It can provide massive amounts of power! 3800 mW into 33R, balanced. If that is average power...crazy amount of power.
    "Disk with Driver & User Manual" - Driver?!

    I may have been interested before I got the Carbon. It seems very nice and is definitely targeted at the transportable segment looking for a balanced amp, like the Carbon.
     
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    I have the HPA-3U, which I believe is very similar in internals, outside of the 3B being balanced with no DAC.

    Sound is okay, the 3U reminds me of crossing an Asgard 2 with a Modi 2. I should connect the Modi 2 through to it to see how that sounds.
     
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    I doubt it. The adapter most likely just takes the rca sleeve to pin3. The amp is going to take the differential between pin2&3, it really doesn't care what those signals are.
     
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    "Transportable segment".. you guys are wacky. I'd rather not have anything larger than Matrix, I even bolted Gungnir Multibit away under my table.

    For hundred more bucks you can get NFB-1AMP anyway, which I happen to on my table too (yeah it's quadruple in size..). There's definitely some difference in sound, Matrix having more intimate soundstage with a smidgen more bass slam, Audio-GD more open and resolving. Take it as a random subjective opinion.
     
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    Well, that answers my question about who the deckard OEM was.
     
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    To be fair, about the only thing that is the same is the power filtering. I wonder which is better.
     
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    They share the same schematic and component values, I bet the measure and sound about the same as well.
     

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