bastard son of NAD or what ?!
You can kill me
for telling the wrong story but if my solder flux fume
contaminated brain serves me, the NAD engineers who left the company
created a similar firm called AMC. They probably did not want to work
for the multicorporation and tried to produce high value goods for
audiophiles. They had some succesful CD players and amplifiers, some of
products with a tube inside. I never heard whatever happened to them.
Anyway, they left behind them before disappearing some nice goodies.
Below - we will
look at one of them:
AMC front panel can not hide he truth. Despite the mother denial, we
know who the father is. The resemblanse is too obvious.
The PCB look is
another deja vu. Blue like nad. And even better made. With more
attention to performance and less focus on absolute cost cutting.
The mechanism is
not any experiment but well tried and reliable Sony KSS210A. Nothing to
Just look - 4
regulators for such a simple player - more than most players costing
twice as much have
The output stage
has one opamp per channel, and a very good opamp too. The caps are
first class, especially these green ones - to be found only in TOP TOP
Marantz players and sounding very good. Electrolytes are larger than
average and as I said - the DC supplies are regulated 4 times
The DAC is
hiding underneath the PCB - the very popular and very good Technics
Panasonic Matsushita MASH MN6474. It is fully balanced and U out type.
In this player I
applied the snipit and bypass mode without lampizator. Add a cap
between DAC pins and RCA's and the sound is VERY GOOD.
has AMC logo but is it really "audiophile"? I seriously doubt it. But
it is very fashionable to advertise on transformers. Ask Krell people,
This is a VERY
GOOD balance of engineering versus price versus looks. No bullshit at
all. A lot of good solutions and real engineering excellence.
If only more
companies were like that.
I put AMC on my
white list and the CD9 on my recommended stock players list.
hunting it on ebay !