I have an excellent digital system and a real good analog system (see details in my signature below), but have been somewhat unimpressed with the analog. I presented this to the folks on the VPI forum and got three quick replies to dump the NPC. While I would like to think it is a nice piece of kit, I am open to trying something better. Anyone here upgrade from the NPC to ? Looking for impressions on the degree of improvement, mainly because I have neglected my analog rig and am not sure an upgrade will necessarily change that.
I know PS Audio is working on a BHK Phono pre, but progress has been slow, plus I would suspect it will be priced in the $5k -$7k range which makes me cringe (not so much the amount, but that much investment and it just sitting idle if I still neglected my analog rig). More exciting is I just read that Darren Meyer is working on a Stellar Phono Pre, certainly will be cheaper than BHK and may even give the BHK a good run!
I should add that I have never used the NPC to record analog, I used it since I was not using a preamp for several years (I now have a BHK pre) and the NPC was the easiest solution to adding analog to a digital system. In other words, the loss of the A/D converter is not an issue.