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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gonzo476, May 23, 2012.
I'm dying to see how this one turns out...
A 500W DIGITAL amplifier?????? Say what! :scowl:
That's like Aston Martin releasing a station wagon. So so wrong.
I feel a disturbance in the Force...
They've had several... The Virage Shooting brake, the Lagonda, and at least one other I can't recall the name of.
Doesn't make it right
Ha @ 'digital'.
Matamp have done tons of solid state stuff. I have a very excellent 1000w Matamp.
Really? I thought Matamp always made tube amps. Which model do you have?
Its like Aston Martin releasing a station wagon and telling people its a hybrid, when it's a gas engine.
Can we please put a stake through the heart of the myth that class D is digital pleeeeeeeeeeeeze.
Matamp under Matt Matthias were always on the forefront of developing tech for high quality audio engineering, which is why the amps have stood the test of time without a hype machine. He quit making instrument amps when everyone wanted distortion, because all the engineering skill is in making amps that don't distort, and went to PA and studio gear. I have a Quasar 1000 mosfet power amp.
Depends on pricing vs the Orange Bass Terror.
Bear in mind this isn't a valve pre one. Its a simple lightweight, so different kind of aim.
At this point, the use of "digital" for a switchmode amp has become common enough that we might as well get used to it. Especially when there are no bass amps with true digital power sections on the market, and unlikely to ever be.
If they're good at something, making amps, let them evolve.
Plenty of room in the market for more lightweight, powerful, reliable heads.
The twist is the signature sound manufacturers can add through the pre-amp/signal processing. This is where it gets exciting that Matamp tuned ears messing with the new stuff. It's nothing but good.
We don't have to go willingly.
I've always rather wanted a Matamp, but never wanted to drag around all the weight. Depending on how this turns out I'm pretty excited
Well, the "D" has to stand for something, and "Discrete" just doesn't sound loud enough
It was just the next letter in the alphabet.
AB (because it's A and B mixed)
That's all. Class-D Patented in the early '60s, AES/IEEE or some standard org gave it the next letter.
Now, all bets are off Class-T, Class-Z no standard, just marketing.
Hey man, it's my DIGITAL power amp from 1987! Big toroidal transformer, 35 lbs., and I guess thirty bazillion 1's and 0's to magically produce 200W/ch @ 4ohms. Such silly marketing.
"An innovative approach to audio amplification by utilizing Digital Energy Conversion technology, the result of a dedicated effort to merge the advantages of high-speed digital computer electronics, high efficiency semiconductor devices and electro-magnetic energy conversion technology."
Uh huh! Class-D and SMPS=digital? Sure, whatever, and cathode biased push-pull tube amps are somehow class-A according to most manufacturer's marketing materials.
"Analog" seems to be the marketing word that digital marketers use. A digital synth comes out with "Analog sound", they draw pictures of analog gear on the screen when you bring up a digital plug-in.
I bet if Peavey made that amp today they'd call it "Analog Conservation Amplifier"
The next bread of class-d amps will be "Lightweight, High Efficient, Analog design"
Anti-D antidote to "digital"