I just got an email from the PSA sales dept. saying that the NPC will be phased out (and is now on sale, for those who have been thinking of getting one). It will be replaced in 2017 by a reference-level phono preamp to be designed by Bascom King.
While I have no doubt that this new phono preamp will be terrific, it will also be (to quote the email) “far more expensive.”
I can’t help but wonder about this decision. I own an NPC and love it. It plays my vinyl very nicely indeed and lets me digitize it at good quality, which I am slowly doing. Is there no room in the lineup for a mid-level piece in addition to the reference level one? I personally will never be in the market for a phono stage that costs a lot more than the NPC, so I would have to go outside the PSA line if I didn’t already have the NPC. I can’t be the only one in this situation.
And will the new one include an ADC? While the NPC is not cheap in absolute terms, I think it is very good value given that you get an excellent phono stage combined with the ADC.
There must be reasons for this decision, but I for one regret it.