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June 2012 Blog Posts (17)

A Splendid Time at The Festival of Speed

We spent a fantastic afternoon yesterday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Lord March who owns Goodwood is a proud Naim Supernait owner and it was a real treat to experience many other fine, high performance examples of the best of British engineering in action.

Looks like my next company car is just…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 30, 2012 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

Our Friend in Texas Really Gets It!

Brian at Whestone Audio in Texas is top guy with a great hifi shop and blog which you should check out.

He recently to0k delivery of the new Guru Q10two loudspeaker.....

"I just got back a silver bumper Naim 42 pre / 110 amp from AV options. Chris recapped, cleaned and tweaked them out to near…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 28, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Home is Where the Record Player is – a Tom Tom Club Campaign

Let’s face it, despite what we were promised for the 21st century - an automated future with robots fulfilling our every whim, levitating cars and tiny hand held devices containing a lifetime’s collection of music (OK Apple, I’ll give you that last one) the reality is that we find ourselves with less and less time for the important things in life. Music for the majority of people these days is…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 27, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Smooth Operator - Share Your Experiences of The Aro

Like a dear departed friend, the Aro is no more but it will always hold a special place in our analogue hearts. Share your thoughts and feelings about the Aro with us all here.



To kick off, here's a link to Markus Sauer's seminal 1995 Aro review…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 22, 2012 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

In Constant Rotation - The Music That's Keeping Us Up @ Night

Agnes Obel - Philharmonics

Tord Gustavsen Quartet - The Well…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 22, 2012 at 11:00 — 16 Comments

Julian Vereker's Last Interview

 I would like to extend a warm thank you to Paul Messenger for submitting this interview he conducted with Julian for us to use on the blog and also to Alan Sircom of Hii Plus for giving us permission to reproduce it.

 Introduction

The main man at Naim Audio and engineer par excellence, Julian Vereker's enormous influence on British hi-fi was formally recognised by an MBE for export in 1995. Paul Messenger talks to him about the inception of the NAP250, how the company and…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 18, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

Jason Kennedy joins The Tom Tom Club

I am delighted to have been invited to be a guest blogger at the Tom Tom Club, not least because it means that I get to play with superb kit that is usually reserved for the inner circle of Naim devotees in the reviewing fraternity. James got me in at the deep end with full 500 series of electronics, an experience that left me feeling very sorry when it had to go back as you might imagine. But to paraphrase Tennyson, it is better to have listened and lost than never to have listened at…

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Added by Jason on June 14, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Safe Hands

When it comes to turntable set up there can be no safer pair of hands than renowned analogue legend Derek Jenkins, and we are delighted to announce that Derek will be fettling all our turntables from now on.

With nearly 40 years experience with Linn, Roksan, Rega, Pink Triangles and all manner of other…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 14, 2012 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

The Green Room - The Tom Tom Club House

Please remember you're always very welcome to come and hang out at the Green Room here in St Albans. Fine HiFi, music and coffee always on tap whether you're in buying mode or not.…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 14, 2012 at 10:00 — 2 Comments

Gavin's HiFi / Naim / TomTom autobiography

I began buying music in the early eighties when I was at secondary school aged about 12 and playing it on my parents ‘music centre’. At the time I was massively into rock music, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, that sort of thing.

By the mid-eighties I completely bought into the tales of perfect sound quality from CD. As soon as I started earning a little bit of money I bought my first system from an independent high street shop in Walsall. I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. I just asked for a…

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Added by Gavin Wilson on June 12, 2012 at 22:45 — 1 Comment

Topless Pics!! nudge, nudge, wink, wink

Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 12, 2012 at 18:42 — 5 Comments

You Little Beauty

Small, Discrete and packed with Sonic Goodness... ...these new DR power supplies are simply…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 12, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

You Have Been Warned!

An original Naim cartoon from back in the day

Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 12, 2012 at 15:09 — No Comments

Rare Naim Items From Our Collection

Hello all, those of you who have visited Tom Tom will be well aware that I have a very bad habit when it comes to collecting rare Naim items and we're setting up a museum here at the Green Room for you to come and see these wonderful pieces of history.

From time to time we'll be sharing some of these items on the blog starting with the prototype NAP 500 amplifier that was built for Julian Vereker to 'sign off' for production before his untimely death,

This is truly my most…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 12, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Steve's System Pictures



Here we are James. Sorry to be posting these so late. There is slight distortion on the photos due to…

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Added by Steve Johnson on June 11, 2012 at 19:55 — 1 Comment

NDS and 555ps dr on the way!!

Well thanks to the Festival of Sound demo I find myself quite a bit poorer having ordered both a new NDS and a new 555ps dr. Having previously heard the NDS a few times I was convinced of its merits over the NDX but what I hadn't bargained for was the significant improvements made by the dr upgrades.

Having explored the timescale and likely cost of upgrading my own 555ps I succumbed to ordering a new one.

As always James extracted the money (and some of my current Naim kit)…

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Added by Graham Finch on June 8, 2012 at 16:38 — 3 Comments

The Best of British

We're always very proud to represent the best of British HiFi.

Have a great Jubilee weekend everybody.

Cheers

James…

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Added by Tom Tom Audio on June 2, 2012 at 15:05 — No Comments

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