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Hypex NC252 vs IcePower 125ASX2

tjcinnamon

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I'm looking at a 12 channel HTD DMA-1275 which is an IcePower 125ASX2 which has 27.5dB voltage gain and attenuation knobs and 65W ACD at 8 ohm: https://www.htd.com/DMA-1275

OR a Nord 8 channel Hypex MP NC252 which has 26dB voltage gain, no knobs, and 150W ACD at 8Ohm: https://www.nordacoustics.co.uk/product-page/nord-one-nc250mp-4-10-channel-amplifier

This is on surround duty for all of my surrounds which there are 8 but eventually I will get wides and I have some upfiring atmos. So 12 channel is all in one package and has higher voltage gain; Nord looks like a better build quality, more Watts, and XLR which when I get a new AVR in the coming year the voltage gain won't be an issue.

Thoughts on general quality/measurements within the guts ASX vs NC252? I'm going to be running speakers that are about 90dB sensitive.
 

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Both are "good enough" and allthough the hypex modules may measure better you will likely not notice any audible difference for your intended purpose.

Oh, and I would seriously look at Buckeye over the Nord for hypex.
 
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Both are "good enough" and allthough the hypex modules may measure better you will likely not notice any audible difference for your intended purpose.

Oh, and I would seriously look at Buckeye over the Nord for hypex.
Absolutely, any particular reason why? You can PM me, if that’s more comfortable
 

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Significantly cheaper!
However, also depends where you are located, factoring in shipping/duties etc.
 
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Significantly cheaper!
However, also depends where you are located, factoring in shipping/duties etc.
Very true! I’m not in a hurry but he’s booked out until June!

I’m gonna wait for a new AVR first (at least for now). I’m still paying off my last purchase :)
 

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125ASX2 Pros:
  1. cheap to replace when one board fails
  2. Sounds pretty good. I like it over many cheaper Class D amps and A/B amps.
  3. Very good control over the bass.
Cons:
  1. I've had a lot of board fails. Usually it's one channel that goes.
  2. Low input impedance.
 

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