Counterpoint NPM question

Mar 6, 2018
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Hello all,

I'm now the proud owner of a pair of NPM Monoblocks. They sound amazing!

A quick question as I have no idea, I have the XLR and AUX inout on the back of each amp. The AUX input has an L & R input (which I don't use), there's a little cap that covers one of the inputs. Shall I keep the caps in pace when I use the XLR? if I take the cap off the music is louder.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
 
May 20, 2016
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Hello Sel the Don
I do have a NP-220 stereo unit since late 2006 and I can tell you that in my experience is necessary that you use a cap that covers the unused inputs.
That is to say ... if you connect the preamp through XLR balanced you must place a shortened connector in RCA inputs.
Again... if you connect the preamp through RCA connections of NPM the inputs XLR must be shortened again with a similar connector. It seems that the power amps catches some noise if the unused input is remains free.
I'm not sure but I suppose that your NPM are very similar to NP-220. Maybe here some expert of Altavista/Counterpoint units will help you there.
tomorrow I'll make a photo of my unit in order to better explain...
rgds.
Marco
 
Mar 6, 2018
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Thank you very much for the photos!

As there is only jumper per amp but two inputs (for the RCA). I'll buy some just to make sure.

My NPS 400 never came with any jumpers although my friend is currently using it without any issues and my Solid 2E only has RCA inputs anyway!

I've yet to take any photos but I'll get round to it very soon.
 

Guscom

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Oct 22, 2018
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Hello, just saw this interesting forum! I too own a pair of Counterpoint NPM mono amp and, believe me, they are fantastic sounding amp! At this moment I’m searching the corresponding preampli to pair the mono, the Counterpoint Sa9 and Sa11, but are very rare, especially in 230v european version (I’m Italian). In the meantime I’m buying the Sa5000 in stock form. I’m glad to share you comments and experiences with this devices. Have somebody the upgrading schemes of this amps as the Altavista site is sadly defunct? Thank you, Gustavo
 
May 20, 2016
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Dear Gustavo
the schematics of upgraded unit are almost impossible to find. Mike provided only at high cost (75 USD each!!) to actual owners and since units upgraded have little differences between them due to the version (basic-premium-platinum), date construction, and optional choosed it will be probably useless to have general schematics.
SA9 ans SA11 were very rare as you know (I had both time ago here in Italy); neverthless sometimes they comes in the used market; take care to the overall circuit condition; a service or repair may be a nightmare...
ciao
Marco
 
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Google inside the www.diyaudio.com forum. They had several threads about Counterpoint equipment. If you actively participate in the forum some members have the schematics and will probably be willing to help you. It is a great community!
 

Guscom

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Oct 22, 2018
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Hello, thank you for yours usefull reply. I found on web archive (thanks to this forum) all the web pages of the site Altavista.com with the upgrade description and others informations. Hi Marco, glad to know that you are italian like me! Why you don’t have anymore the Counterpoint Sa9 and Sa11? Don’t were satisfying for you? What amplifier have used with this pre? Mike is still in activity? Can somebody sharing with the forumers their experiences with the Sa9, Sa 11 and Npm mono ampli? (I know, so many questions all together ...!!) Thank you
 
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Hello, thank you for yours usefull reply. I found on web archive (thanks to this forum) all the web pages of the site Altavista.com with the upgrade description and others informations. Hi Marco, glad to know that you are italian like me! Why you don’t have anymore the Counterpoint Sa9 and Sa11? Don’t were satisfying for you? What amplifier have used with this pre? Mike is still in activity? Can somebody sharing with the forumers their experiences with the Sa9, Sa 11 and Npm mono ampli? (I know, so many questions all together ...!!) Thank you
Dear Guscom
I had SA9 on loan for a few weeks many many years ago. The owner was a friend of mine now deceased.
I was impressed about sound quality and at the same time I was terrified to make a revision and a check of an electronics gear with so many tubes inside. The circuit is very complex also. Please consider that we were at the end of '90's; so there were less competitors in the phono amplifier; today situation it's very different with many many excellent phonostages in the market, in any level of price.

About SA11 I had it for a few years in my system; very well balanced overall, a great linestage. Again it's an electronics of exceptional complexity.
After a short fail I decided to send it to Mike Elliott for a complete upgrade; unfortunatly a damage of the motherboard occur during shipping, despite the hard wood box for transport. So I was forced to go toward the Aria WV5XL linestage; excellent preamp I owned for five or six years.
Mike has definitely stopped his business; it's a pity. And it's not easy to find here in Europe someone that can assist in upgrade and technical check as in the U.S. where there are a few expert able to fix and repair all Counterpoint's gear.
my best - ciao
Marco
 

Guscom

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Thank you Analyzer, I have my principal audio system all-tube based and matched with not-so-large medium-high sensitivity loudspeakers for jazz and small ensemble and I would like to make another secondary system with large loudspeakers for rock, orchestra and live concert. Because I own a pair of Counterpoint Npm I think these are perfect amplifier for this purpose thank to the very high power (150/300/500w 8/4/2 ohm) and current erogation, about 250 A, matched with a larger loudspeaker. So I was curious about the match with the same branded pre, but I understood that actually there are several better alternatives. However the monos NPM are very special with big wide fantastic scene and a sweet top end (not veiled) I think could match very well with a big monitor speaker (or Apogee Diva, I’m founded a pair on market and I ‘m very tempted!).
 

jorwed

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Thank you Analyzer, I have my principal audio system all-tube based and matched with not-so-large medium-high sensitivity loudspeakers for jazz and small ensemble and I would like to make another secondary system with large loudspeakers for rock, orchestra and live concert. Because I own a pair of Counterpoint Npm I think these are perfect amplifier for this purpose thank to the very high power (150/300/500w 8/4/2 ohm) and current erogation, about 250 A, matched with a larger loudspeaker. So I was curious about the match with the same branded pre, but I understood that actually there are several better alternatives. However the monos NPM are very special with big wide fantastic scene and a sweet top end (not veiled) I think could match very well with a big monitor speaker (or Apogee Diva, I’m founded a pair on market and I ‘m very tempted!).
Dear Guscom.
I also have a pair of the NPM Monoblock and i live in Norway.
Would you care to share the Altavista pages with me?

I would appreciate it.

Best
Jorgen
 

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