The STA-9X amplifier improved upon the ULCAM (Ultra Linear Class A Module)+Class D design of STA-9 with the design concept from AMG-STA. By joining a robust high impedance singled-ended non-negative feedback amplifier circuit in the preamp stage with a dual feedback Class-D power stage, the STA-9X sounded warm and dynamic with remarkable speed and clarity. NuPrime amplifier improves on traditional Class-D switching design by using a self-oscillating circuit to generate pulse-width modulation. STA-9X switches at a frequency of 750kHz (highest on the market), well beyond the compact disc’s 44.1kHz sampling rate. Most class-D amps switch at 300kHz or lower.
Completing the ensemble is NuPrime’s new linear power supply with its high-efficiency toroidal transformer for reduced high-frequency noise and strengthened low-frequency performance. The damping effect of the NuPrime proprietary isolation feet absorbs and cancels vibrations that degrade audio performance. The overall result is unprecedented transient speed and an almost shocking level of dynamic impact.
In summary, NuPrime STA-9X has a sound characteristic that is spacious, transparent, dynamic, luxuriously textured with extended high-frequency.
- Improved over STA-9, the STA-9X Single End Non-Negative Feedback Class A and Dual Feedback Class D amplifier design derives from AMG STA. This design allows STA-9X to produce more details and higher resolution than STA-9.
- Stereo mode bridgeable into mono mode.
- Enhanced even-order harmonic (H2) circuitry creates warmth and natural sound characteristic.
- Highly reliable under no-load condition and enhanced short circuit protection.
- 130% higher output current drive capability than STA-9 allows low impedance speakers to have better dynamic and power.
- Operating at 750 kHz switching frequency, it produces high resolution with extended frequency.
- A new linear power supply with a high-efficiency toroidal transformer reduces high-frequency noise and strengthened low-frequency performance.
- The signal path avoids cross-linking capacitors, thus achieving a frequency response at the DC level for pure musical enjoyment.
The NuPrime Sound
- Vast soundstage
- Wide, lightning-fast dynamics
- Ultra-low distortion and noise
- Music emerges from a pristine background, with delicate details and nuances intact
In summary, NuPrime’s sonic character stands well apart from – and indeed above – the soft, cushy sound we often associate with most tubed amplification or the dry, clinically edgy sound we often associate with solid-state and switching technology. Rarely does an amp achieve an ideal balance of richly textured timbres and harmonics, bottom-end authority, startling dynamics, exquisite low-level detail, and a fully revealed, fully dimensional soundstage against a backdrop of mile-deep silence.