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    Even though I said I would not be changing my system in 2020, I sneaked in a few upgrades to my Caiman SEG, and now I seem to have bought a couple of these modulus 86 amps, which have been built in a mono block configuration, without using SMPS for power.

    I have read good things about these, and as the price was reasonable I thought I would take the plunge.
    When they arrive, I will be comparing these to my Firebottle monos and some Graham Slee Proprius.
    The least preferred of the 86 or the FB Monos, will be going up for sale...

    I hope to have the Modulus 86 by the weekend. Time will tell if I become a member of the Modulus club.
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    I have heard the Neurochrome 686 stereo power amp and it is superb. Very transparent and effortless muscle.
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    Yeah, If I right this is the one Oliver has and rates massively.

    Have read some stuf on line about Neurochromne amps - very very good indeed.

    Lookng forward to your review Kevin
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    Mine are the baby of the family. A mere 65W, but more than enough for my speakers.
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    It's now difficult for me to listen to other amplifiers. I really mean that. They each have their own endearing traits but none exhibit the overall power and insight brought about by the 686. It's also the only SS amp I like with my Quads.

    If you only need 65w I'm sure it'll be ideal. The THD figures (among others) are very good.

    The extra power is a must for me though even though some of the speakers I use with the 686 are of high efficiency. The muscle really opens up new depths of bass frequencies I had no idea could be reached on the speakers before.

    I'm sure you'll like them as everyone says they sound good, although I've never heard the lower power models myself, I'm sure the delivery will be recognisably similar.
    System 1: - Amp: Ming Da MC 368B -
    - Source: Linn LP12 (Denon 304) - Arcam rPhono - Pioneer N-30K - Musical Paradise MP-D1 mkII -
    - Speakers: Quad 63's - REL T3's -

    System 2 - Amp: Musical Paradise MP-701 - Neurochrome 686 -
    - Source: Audio Technica LP5 - EAR834p clone - Pioneer N-30K - Musical Paradise MP-D1 -
    - Speakers: Cambridge Acoustic "Grand Master Evolution"

    System 3: - Amp: Custom N-core 300B SEP -
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    Did you not hear the 286 at mine Chris?

    I have now built a dual mono 86 amp and it sounds identical to the 286.
    For info the 286 is 65W (8 ohms) and the 86 is 40W (8 ohms).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Did you not hear the 286 at mine Chris?

    I have now built a dual mono 86 amp and it sounds identical to the 286.
    For info the 286 is 65W (8 ohms) and the 86 is 40W (8 ohms).
    Ah yes indeed Alan, I was specifically referring to the 86 model in regards to not having heard it. You're spot on I have heard the virtues of the 286. It is an outstanding piece of kit and really put the tubes vs SS debate to bed for me! I still enjoy the comparisons but no longer are the positives of both mutually exclusive thanks to the Neurochrome.

    With what you confirm there about the 86 and 286 sounds like you cannot go wrong. Just choose your power requirements and happy listening!
    System 1: - Amp: Ming Da MC 368B -
    - Source: Linn LP12 (Denon 304) - Arcam rPhono - Pioneer N-30K - Musical Paradise MP-D1 mkII -
    - Speakers: Quad 63's - REL T3's -

    System 2 - Amp: Musical Paradise MP-701 - Neurochrome 686 -
    - Source: Audio Technica LP5 - EAR834p clone - Pioneer N-30K - Musical Paradise MP-D1 -
    - Speakers: Cambridge Acoustic "Grand Master Evolution"

    System 3: - Amp: Custom N-core 300B SEP -
    - Source: Novafidelity X12 - Jolida Glass FX III -
    - Speakers: Loth X BS1's - REL T3 -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Did you not hear the 286 at mine Chris?

    I have now built a dual mono 86 amp and it sounds identical to the 286.
    For info the 286 is 65W (8 ohms) and the 86 is 40W (8 ohms).
    Does that depend on the power supply capacity/voltage?

    On the Neurochrome website, the 86 is stated as being 65W.

    If I like these amps, I may investigate building a monoblock/dual mono version of the 686. It will be a long term project, due to the cost involved and the fact that I don't need it yet. It is more of a retirement preparation project, and I have plenty of time left before that.
    Last edited by CageyH; 10-02-2020 at 06:51.
    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    Does that depend on the power supply capacity/voltage?

    On the Neurochrome website, the 86 is stated as being 65W.

    If I like these amps, I may investigate building a monoblock/dual mono version of the 686. It will be a long term project, due to the cost involved and the fact that I don't need it yet. It is more of a retirement preparation project, and I have plenty of tume left before that.
    The 686 will be my retirement amp too kevin.
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    Power output does depend on supply voltage.
    86 is 65W into 4 ohm.

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