From the Beginning
Hypex was founded in 1996 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 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.
- Same support, different name
Following the strategy of Hypex being an amplifier manufacturer for both the OEM and the DIY markets as of 2016 we are making a slight transition in the business model. Hypex Electronics B.V. will continue the manufacturing of OEM class-d modules. www.DIYclassd.com will take the DIY market under her wings ensuring a smooth client support and a more direct and personal approach to the DIY audio market. It will make a clear distinction between OEM and DIY. The company in the background making the amplifiers happen will still be Hypex Electronics B.V., but the support and sales will be done from DIY class-D.