NuForce Reference 8b Amplifiers

Reference 8b

NuForce Reference series monoblock amplifiers are designed for high performance stereo or home theater use. They can also be used for bi-amping, tri-amping or mix-and-match for different channels and speakers in the home theater setup with NuForce AVP (Audio Video Processor) products. All NuForce monoblock amplifiers can be upgraded by replacing the circuit board and/or power supply when new designs become available. XLR Input

User Reviews (2)

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tran   AudioPhile [Jan 21, 2007]
Strength:

Dynamics, Transparency, Sound staging, is there anything else!

Weakness:

NONE!

Model # 8.02. I have been searching "audio nirvana" for some time trying countless amps, both SS and tubes. I think I have found it! The little things totally defy any audio logic Ive ever had. Forget about the tubes, the big transformers and the orange juice can caps. They have the ability to grab the voice coils and squeeze them into submission like I never heard before. It dosent matter what you throw at them they simply convey the music like it should be heard. The dynamics are unbelievable. I an not imagine what the newer Reference 9's sound like.
System:
NuForce 8P Preamp
NuForce 8.02 Mono Amps
Marantz 5001 CD player- Transport
ACI Sapphire III Loudspeakers
Dual 8" 400watt Custom Sub
ART DI/O Boulder Cables Heavy Modded DAC
Moth TT with serious Upgrades
ART TT Preamp totally Modded
AudioQuest Coral Interconnects
Analysis Plus Digital Cable
AudioQuest Bedrock Speaker Cables

Similar Products Used: ASL Tubes, B&K , Parasound, Musical Design
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
yfei   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 26, 2005]
Strength:

Power, musical, details, smoothness, spacial resolution

Weakness:

none at this price point

Nuforce Ref 8b (version 1.01, peak power: 288W@8ohms, 576W@4ohms, 1152W@2ohms), paired with N803, feeded by Benchmark DAC1 as DAC and Preamp. First thing I noticed is, Nuforce Ref 8b make my speakers able to deliver full mids and bass for the first time. The detail is amazing. Previously I can only hear details with very harsh or bright amps. Nuforce is not any bright at all, but producing much more amazing details! Probably this means the amp is seemlessly powerful through all impendences (3.0 ohms ~ 8 ohms for N803), so all frequencies now are coming out. The seperation and sound stage is amazing to me also, the best I have experienced. The speed is faster than any solid state amps I have heard. I'v also tried other switching amps such as: T-Amp (Sonic Impact T-Amplifier) for about 2 months, and RB 1077 for 20 mins in dealership. they are all very fast, however I feel they are a bit dryer than Nuforce. Nuforce is current the only 'analog' switching amp, others are all 'digital' switching amps.

Similar Products Used: Earthquake cinenova, Rotel RB-1070, NAD 320BEE, Sonic T-Amp
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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