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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    I have never compared the STA-200 to the STA-6. But the STA-6 is a class A+D amp. It will be in a way comparable to the (much) more expensive NuForce Reference 9 V3 Special Edition (the Ref 9 went for US$5k at the time), to which I've compared it. The Ref 9, like I expect the STA-6, is an entirely different amp. Initially, I liked the Ref 9 more because it has better, tighter bass control and brighter highs. But the STA-200 is the more musical of the two. Surprisingly the STA-200 had wider sound stage and more detail, and fuller bass. Especially for acoustic music (jazz, classical, rock) I like the STA-200 more. It just sounds more natural, more involving, with a better 3D presentation. But if you are into electronic music, I expect you'll like the class D amps more.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    Let there be no misunderstanding about my post. I wrote my post as a compliment to the STA-200. It actually took a US$7900 amp to outperform it and make the upgrade worthwhile, as opposed to all the other amps I've compared to it. The STA-200 is a fantastic amp, the US$499 it is selling for at the moment is a steal and even four times that price would still be worth it in my opinion. That is why I recommend getting two and go for horizontal bi-amping if your speakers allow it.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    I do have to admit that last week, with some pain in my heart, I have sold both my Nuforce STA-200's. A friend borrowed me his brother's Mark Levinson 335 which he had for sale. A completely different amp, from a different time, in a different price range. Admittedly the Mark Levinson does outperform the STA-200 in all aspects. But it outperformed any other amp I compared it to. So I decided to sell the STA's and keep the Levinson.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    You're welcome! Glad you enjoy it!
  5. Hi Mike, I'm not sure, but maybe check if both your Synology and your Aries are configured in the same WORKGROUP. Usually they are both set to the default WORKGROUP but if you change one of the two it might cause the issues you're having. Otherwise, on the Synology create a new user called AriesUser or something, which you give read access to the music share, with a more simple password. The simple password is not an issue as you only allow read access in your music folder. It's done in seconds, it's safe and it excludes the possibility that it might be the special characters in your password. I don't think that's the issue, but you never know.
  6. No, don't worry. I have the Aries LE. The Lightning DS app is running version 4.6, coming straight out of the app store. The firmware of your Aries LE depends on whether you choose to run beta versions or not. I've set it to run betas and my Aries LE therefore runs version 5.3 right now. To allow betas, go to the hardware settings page (just browse to the IP address of your Aries from a web browser on your Mac or PC) and select to allow betas, it's done in a second. Version 5.3 is flawless for me so far.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    A month since I got my STA-200 and it has kept on improving. I’ve changed speaker cables, using silver for the mid/high and big fat copper for the low. The amps have really opened up and the sound signature that I had previously described as dark is no longer dark, but simply warm. Bass is superb, warm but controlled, the definition and precision amazing. Recordings I’ve listened to hundreds of times reveal new details. My Reference 9 monoblocks are now on a shelf, disconnected. I won’t sell them, but the balance on listening hours is shifting towards the STA-200 more and more... The STA-200’s are available for US$499 again and anyone looking for a fantastic hi-end audiophile power amp should look no further. Go get it, or preferably, like me, get two if you have bi-wired speakers.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    It's now almost a week since I got the STA-200 and it continues to impress me. I do admit I am using two of them, bi amping my self built Vifa speakers. They seem to be well burnt in now and that has improved the sound signature substantially. I don't think there are much better power amps to get for US$499 to be honest. I did reconnect my Reference 9 amps to compare. The Reference 9 is class D which sounds very different. But it is not anymore that the STA-200 has a veil, that has gone with the burn-in. The Reference 9 is faster which captures the emotion especially in female voices better than the STA. But otherwise the Reference 9 has a colder sound. The bass of the STA is fuller, more present, but otherwise the STA is somewhat darker and less fast. Somehow I feel the STA gives a warmer, more natural sound. And, to my surprise, the soundstage of the STA is even wider than of the Reference 9. And that is impressive! In other words, I cannot decide which one will be the keeper. I got the STA out of curiosity, with the intention to sell again later on. But it is too good to sell. At least for now it is... but it is not good enough to make me want to sell my Reference 9's, those are keepers for sure. Luxury problem!
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    The Reference 9 is no longer manufactured, because it was from the time before Nuforce was sold to Optoma. But around 2010 the Reference 9 with the V3 and the Special Edition upgrade sold at US$5000 for a pair of monoblocks. You find them used these days for around half of that.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    It's now 20 hours since I connected the STA-200's and they have been playing all the time. Now back from work I'm listening again and the sound is MUCH better, these apps need serious break in. Even though they still do not have the speed of the Reference 9 and they still are substantially darker in coloring, they also have advantages. Soundstage, to my surprise, is wider for the STA-200's than for the Reference 9 and the bass is different. The Reference 9 extends deeper, with tighter control, but the STA-200's sound fuller. I still think the Reference 9 is superior, but the STA-200's do surprisingly well and I am enjoying listening to them. So I won't directly revert back to the Reference 9 and try out the STA-200's a little longer.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    My pair of STA-200 arrived today. Unhooked the Reference 9's and connected the STA-200's straight away. As my loudspeakers have bi wiring connections each loudspeaker has a dedicated STA-200 with one side driving the bass and the other the mid high. First impression: straight out of the box, tight bass control, good sound stage, they are reasonably fast and the separation is good. But, admittedly, they are not even close to the Reference 9V3SE's. They sound darker. As many speak of veils being lifted, going from the 9V3SE's to the STA-200's it is as a veil is put back on. To be honest, the STA-200's are connected only 30 minutes as I'm writing this. I will allow a few days burn in before a real verdict. Even though it will not be easy to resist the temptation to put my Reference 9V3SE's back on.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    Yes, the R9's are class D indeed. Which is why I purchased the STA-200's in addition, to compare the class D Ref 9's to the class A/B STA-200's. I'm curious. Just ended another long listening session with the Ref 9V3SE's again and I must admit that now I wonder why I purchased the STA-200's. The Ref 9V3SE's remain amazing amps. In fact it's just curiosity.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    You can occasionally find Reference 9 monoblocks used. I got a pair and I'm not intending to sell them, they are amazing. Make sure you get the V3 though, and if you appreciate the low end, get the Special Edition.
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    Nuforce became Nuprime a few years back. Nuprime has several monoblocks. Nuforce used to have the Reference 8, Reference 9 and Reference 18 but they are discontinued. The ultimate is the Nuprime Reference 20, but that is a different price range...
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    My Nuforce STA-200 amp arrived yestarday

    By the way, for those having missed the $499 deal, Amazon replenished and put again 5 units up for sale for this price. A bargain, go get it if you were hesitating before! https://www.amazon.com/NuForce-STA200-160-watt-Power-Amplifier-Swiss-design/dp/B01552AKCU?tag=mfconvert-20
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