N.E.W DCA-66 Amplifiers

DCA-66

Class A Tube Amplifier - 75 Watts/Channel

User Reviews (4)

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Bob   Audiophile [Feb 21, 2000]
Strength:

This is amazing! I'm wondering if one of you is one of the buyers of one of my DCA-66's that I sold last year not because I was going out of business, but because N.E.W. is out of business. It is a very fine amp as I tried to tell many inquiring folks. I sure wish you guys had published these impressions when I was trying so hard to get people interested in the amps. Oh well. Serendipity is a funny thing though. The amp I now sell in that power category is frankly, a lot better. The Edge M4. Not many know about this company, but they make some superb amps. This amp is rated at 70w/ch and it clips at 180w. Yep. And it delivers 23,000 watts for 20 msec. Ahem. Talk about dynamic. It's list price is the same as the dealer price for the DCA 66. It's as clean and transparent as the DCA 66 but far more dynamic. It's great.

Weakness:

I would give it 4 stars though, because of the fact that the battery life for one charge is about 6 or 7 hours and then your're out of business for at least 12 hours. Also, it may have some current but it's really not very powerful.

It's certainly a fine sounding amp. Its technology is really intelligent. I'm sorry the company mysteriously went out of business without a trace, but it did.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Doug   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 08, 1999]

I recently bought this amp from a dealer going out of business. Needless to say I picked the amp for a third of its retail cost. I was skeptical about the amp at first since N.E.W has gone out of business, although Cary has picked up the servicing, but I took a chance since the price was right. Wow!!! this amp performs as well as my Krell KST for bearly a fraction of the cost! I'm currently using the amp in a bi-amp configuration for my mids and highs on a pair of Platinum Studio 1s. This amp has a very precise detailed soundstage, that is very open and almost tube like sounding yet its dynamics are snappy with percussive instruments and vocals pushed towards the front. I assume like most new class A amps it will only sound better with time. This amp uses a dc power supply with 4 12 volt rechargeable batteries in it and it also weighs a ton!!! It must charge for approximately 24 hrs before use then its good to go and recharges automatically will the amp is on. This power supply puts out some serious current and is not for the weak at heart average speaker. Although it is conservatively rated at 70 wpc it easily smokes my Krell due to the current capacity. This damn thing could weld metal!!!! My only real gripe about it is it doesn't have balanced inputs, and the battery supply is fairly bulky and rather unattractive to have out. I hide mine behind my entertainment center and pray I don't have to move it anymore. Even the UPS man was cussing this thing!! Other than that if you can get your hands on one of these you will not be disappointed!!! Equipment used: Classe CP-60 preamp, Krell KST amp, Theta Data Transport II , Theta DS Pro Generation II D/A and a pair of Platinum Audio Studio 1s. I also hooked up a pair of Polk 2.5tl and they sounded killer too. Just not enough room for them in my listening room!! Happy Listening!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
drew franklin   an Audio Enthusiast [Aug 31, 1999]

the new dca 66 amp is the best amp i have ever heard not only is it heavy but it performs equal to amps costing $10,000 i should know i have one of each,i do not like the large and bulky battery pack,but all in all this amp is a helluva of amp at any price.if you like the sweet sound of class a you will love this amp i have to give this 5 stars: assocoiated equipment

chiro preamp\
krell power amp
halston tube cd player
cailifornia mod magnepans(by john garland audio)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Ric   Audiophile [Dec 04, 1999]
Strength:

Battery Supply. Serious juice. Exciting Detail.Bass Control.Sonic Clarity.

Weakness:

Battery Supply. Revealing. (Might sound to forward in some systems)

First, lets get the battery thing out of the way. Heavy ugly and a pain in the ass. (no spouse is perfect)
But what are you gonna do? The price to pay for effortless control(my speakers are 84db inefficient) and sparkling dynamic clarity. The amp doesnt glare, but sometimes comes close with older CD's. I couldnt stand this normaly, but when its good (96% of the time) its awesome. Most recordings sound alive and breathing. I listen to mainly to live jazz and I find myself clapping between tunes. I've been looking for an amp to replace the two that were biamping my Acarian Alon's. (Belles 150A on the bottom and a N.E.W. A-20 on top. I find components with the letter A in their name are the best)The problem with most contenders was a loss of weight, scale and dynamics. Not so the DCA-66. (some stereophile guy always talks like that. Uughh, I hate it!) I thought Id have to dedicate two amps (both exceptional in their own right) to get the players in my home. Only the Onkyo M-504 came close in terms of power and scale, but was too full of components and ribbon cable to compete. (also it was sorely lacking an A) But enter the DCA-66, now I can sell the other amps. Although its not plush and polite, it has enough warmth to stay off my nerve while giving me a chance to meet Hank Mobely.

Similar Products Used: None.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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