05.04.2016 - 08.04.2016 — Hall: 4.1 Stand: A 58
From the Beginning
Hypex was founded in 1996 by Jan-Peter van Amerongen as a supplier of plate amplifiers for live sound loudspeakers. The products drew the attention of hi-fi speaker manufacturers, resulting first in a line of active subwoofer amplifier subassemblies, shortly followed by multichannel units with active cross-over filters for the studio market.
Migration to Class D
2003 saw the start of a complete migration to class D. For this purpose the newly invented 'Universal Class D' technology was selected. Realising the market potential, Hypex decided not only to use UcD® in end-user products, but also to offer it to the market as general-purpose amplifier modules. The UcD180/400/700 modules have quickly established themselves as the new standard, both in terms of measured and subjective performance.
A Strategic Move
In 2005, Hypex took the strategic decision to move from a being a technology user to being a technology source and hired UcD's inventor, Bruno Putzeys, to be its chief of R&D. Hypex now serves many big name audiophile brands which previously couldn't find class D amplifiers meeting their stringent sound quality requirements. Standard products now span the range from 20W to 3kW and a line of switch-mode power supplies to match, along with dedicated 100V systems and DSP platforms for active loudspeaker control have been introduced.
The Ultimate Class D Technology
Hypex UcD amplifier modules are self-contained high-performance Class D amplifiers intended for a wide range of audio applications, ranging from Public Address systems to ultrahigh-fidelity replay systems for studio and home use. Chief distinguishing features are flat frequency response irrespective of load impedance, nearly frequency-independent distortion behaviour and very low radiated and conducted EMI. Control is based on a phase-shift controlled self-oscillating loop taking feedback only at the speaker output.
2003 saw the start of a migration of all products to Class D. For this, a licence deal was closed with philips for the "Universal Class D" circuit. Realising the market potential of the circuit, Hypex decided not only to use the technology in completed subassemblies, but also to sell bare amplifier modules to the open market. The UcD180 and UcD400 modules have quickly established themselves as the new standard, both in terms of measured and subjective performance.
The Finest Amplifier in Any Class
Hypex presents a decisive leap forward in Class D audio performance. NCORE® is the first Class D amplifier not just to nudge the best linear amplifiers, but to surpass them in every aspect relevant to sound quality. If you want the ultimate in clarity, resolution and musicality, there is no longer a reason to trade efficiency or compactness.
The first product using the new technology is ready and samples are available to selected customers. The NC1200 module, coupled with the SMPS1200 supply, delivers 350W into 8 ohms, 650W into 4 ohms and 1200W into 2 ohms, all with immaculate audio performance. Ncore amplifiers will not replace the existing UcD range. Instead, many of the technological improvements developed for NCORE amplifiers have already started trickling down into existing UcD slots, fortifying an already strong product range