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Old 27th December 2009, 02:59 AM   #1
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Has anyone compared the Chip amps against Class D amps?.
I have build LM3875/LM3886 But now I would love to try to build one Class D amp.How will the sound compare to the chip amps from this company classdaudio.com. They told me I can just add a potentiometer 10K and it can be used as integrated amp.
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Old 27th December 2009, 04:32 AM   #2
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Not even a comparison IMHO, until technology in class D gets better, not to say it is not "good", and I have heard very good switch mode amps. I personally find even good D amps to have a narrow analytical sound.
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Old 27th December 2009, 11:52 AM   #3
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Been following this, Discrete, vs chip vs D.
I have not heard the best of the best in D, but the D forum claims they are there now, The production units I have heard were harsh, closed, and dull. Great for a sub, or a car. I may even build one. I have not heard the new NAD.

Chip-amps sound middle of the road. Maybe I have not heard a really good one, but none I have heard can match even my old Rotel's for musicality. Guess I should sacrifice an old Hafler chassis and build one.

Old school, bottom of the line Hafler or B&K, move up to Rotel, Parasound, and then up to the good stuff. Let me know when a new technology can beat a Naim, Krell or Pass. I am sure it will someday
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Old 27th December 2009, 03:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments! I guess class D amps are not ready yet. The LM3875/LM3886 are good chips to build amps but, I heard the class D amps were better in sound I guess I have to wait until I build one and compare them side by side.
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Old 27th December 2009, 03:12 PM   #5
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Not even a comparison IMHO, until technology in class D gets better, not to say it is not "good", and I have heard very good switch mode amps. I personally find even good D amps to have a narrow analytical sound.
Thanks tiltedhalo, I know for sure the LM3875/LM3886 sound really good but I just wanted to know if these class D amps can kick some butts too. But I guess they do not...lol.
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Old 27th December 2009, 04:20 PM   #6
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If you ask this question in the class d forum I'm sure you will get another answer.
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Old 27th December 2009, 08:37 PM   #7
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I own a few Class A, A/B, and chip amps. I recently picked up a Wyred 4 Sound ST500 and believe someone finally got Class D right.
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Old 27th December 2009, 10:08 PM   #8
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If you ask this question in the class d forum I'm sure you will get another answer.
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I recently picked up a Wyred 4 Sound ST500 and believe someone finally got Class D right.
Or you just found/heard the right one for you.
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Old 27th December 2009, 10:29 PM   #9
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Chip amps vs class D amps

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