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Third gen Naits

LP12 Magic above the new Supernait 3

Earlier in the week I went to hear the latest additions to Naim’s range of integrated amplifiers. Both the Nait XS and Supernait are now in their third generation, but you’d have to be eagle eyed to spot the difference which comes down to the addition of a ‘phono’ input button on the front panel. This of…

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Added by Jason on July 11, 2019 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

A basic guide to setting up a streaming system

 Now that streaming audio has truly come of age we thought it might be useful to offer a few tips on how to put together a streaming system along with some tweaks that can be used to improve sound quality. Streaming is not only an easier way to enjoy your music collection it is also a remarkably easy way to improve the sound quality of a CD collection. A good…

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Added by Jason on June 21, 2019 at 14:03 — No Comments

Munich High End 19, the Good Stuff!!

 The festival of audiophile excess that is the Munich High End show is a blast. There are so many products of all shapes and sizes that you quickly get snow blind and only see the most extreme examples. It is not a place to try and assess a manufacturer’s ability to build an entertaining audio system unless your own listening space is made of glass and full…

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Added by Jason on May 15, 2019 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

First impressions: ND5 XS 2, NDX 2, ND 555

Naim has given its Classic series streamers a radical shake up, bringing them up to speed with the all the features that have been developed in the ten years since the original NDS was launched. Three new models will be coming in the summer and I have had the opportunity to get a good idea of what engineers Roy George and Steve Sells (below) have been doing to improve the…

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Added by Jason on March 29, 2018 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Bristol Sound & Vision 2018

The Bristol show is a bit like Groundhog Day, there’s a sense that I have been here before but this is probably because I have been going for 30 years now, and it’s always fun getting to see and hear the latest kit. If you’re lucky you might discover some decent new music as well, the best music I heard this year was an album I already know but quite a new one in the form of…

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Added by Jason on February 28, 2018 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Munich High End 2017

Munich in the spring is always a pleasant place to be, albeit not so much so in the upper reaches of the MOC exhibition centre that houses the High End show. There the temperature can reach tropical levels with humidity to match, but this didn't stop our intrepid reporter from fighting his way through the madding crowd to see what the most important brands were up…

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Added by Jason on May 25, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Bristol Sound & Vision 2017

For the 2017 Sound and Vision show Bristol City Council put on its own show of road works and Hurricane Doris had managed to block off the usual access road to the Marriott Hotel, so it was a wonder anyone managed to set up at all. But it takes more than that to stop the dedicated and the halls thronged with people and music all weekend, or at least until the rugby…

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Added by Jason on February 28, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Chord Co moves the goal posts

At the Bristol show earlier this year I got an idea of what Nigel Finn at the Chord Company had been up to with the new Sarum Super ARAY cables, it was enough to lure me to Amesbury to hear more precisely what he has been up to. Sarum Super ARAY replaces Sarum Tuned ARAY at the top of Chord’s current cable range, it is an evolution of its predecessor and looks similar…

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Added by Jason on July 30, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Focal at High End 2015

There was quite a large price and performance gap between Focal’s Electra Be and Utopia ranges, but not anymore, at the Munich High End show they unveiled Sopra, Italian for ‘above’. Sopra consists of a bookshelf No.1 and the No.2 floorstanding models, both built around the same core design. The cone drivers remain Focal’s W sandwich type but their motors systems (magnets)…

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Added by Jason on May 20, 2015 at 11:41 — 2 Comments

Naim at High End 2015

Naim’s display at the High End show in Munich focussed on its NAP power amplifiers, most of which have benefitted from Statement tech trickledown. This comes in the form of the NA009 transistor developed for the range topping S1 mono power amps, which is quite a serious slice of silicon. Naim’s engineers took a year to investigate how to make a better output device and ended…

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Added by Jason on May 19, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Making a (Naim) Statement

Last month I went over to Salisbury for the launch of the NAC-N 272, Naim’s latest preamplifier/streamer. While at the factory Naim showed myself and some other journalists the production area for the Statement NAC S1 preamplifier and NAP S1 power amplifiers, Naim’s most ambitious electronics to date.

This is a jig for holding main and sub assemblies during production.…

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Added by Jason on March 3, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Bristol Sound & Vision 2015

Bristol, so much to answer for. Not Morrisey’s exact line of course but he clearly wasn’t in the audio industry, if he were he’d know that this city is the only place to be for hi-fi enthusiasts on the third weekend of February.

Derek Gilligan of Kudos fame has completely revised his Titan range topper, which looked stunning in the (fabulous) colour scheme of the…

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Added by Jason on February 23, 2015 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Naim mu-so review

As Tom Tom Club members will appreciate mu-so is not A N other Naim product, it doesn’t follow the purist, separates in black boxes path that has been the norm since the seventies. Mu-so is a whole other box of tricks, a box of many tricks in fact, most of which hadn’t even been dreamt of in Julian Vereker’s day.

The Naim mu-so is a wireless music system, a…

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Added by Jason on October 17, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Naim mu-so in action

The first samples of mu-so, Naim’s wireless audio system, have been making a whistle stop tour of reviewer’s homes and last week I had my 15 minutes (well two days, but that’s still quick). It’s a lovely bit of kit in the flesh, very solid at 13 kilos and beautifully finished with the aluminium over MDF wrap and solid ally heat sinking. I was concerned about the acrylic base…

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Added by Jason on October 2, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

The Statement effect

I have heard the Naim Statement at two shows now but the opportunity came up to listen to it in a more relaxed environment so naturally I jumped at the chance. The fact that I could play some of my own music was the icing on the audio cake. Statement was sitting between an NDS with twin power supplies and an imposing pair of Focal Grande Utopia III…

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Added by Jason on June 4, 2014 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

Giant slayers from Southend

If either of the new Rega turntables cost 10x what they do the hi-fi world would be thronging with their praises. As it is the entry level nature of Rega’s best known turntables and the relative affordability of the RP8 and RP10 mean that they have not been taken as seriously as they deserve.

Both are built on a skeletal foam cored chassis that is lighter and stiffer than any turntable has ever been. This is virtually ultimate realisation of Roy Gandy’s theories about turntable design…

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Added by Jason on May 30, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Tom Tom People @ The High End, Munich 2014

Gérard and Doug look on as Jeff lets rip via Statement and Grande Utopia

Naim

Paul Stephenson announced that the company now employs over 150 people and expects turnover to reach £25M this year. Moral has also been boosted by a Queen’s Award for Innovation, which should help maintain the £3M that the company invests in R&D.

Marketing…

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Added by Jason on May 21, 2014 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Naim Muso launch

Paul Stephenson presents six times 75 watts at the launch

Naim chose the Vinyl Factory in café cultured Soho to launch their first foray into real-world audio. This ensured a good turnout of mainstream press alongside dealers and even a few forum members, spreading the word as wide as possible is where this product is at. Muso is a Bluetooth, Airplay, USB and Ethernet…

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Added by Jason on April 25, 2014 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Bespoked Handmade bike show 2014

For a couple of years now James and I have been seriously considering making the journey to Bristol to see the Bespoked Handmade bike show, but for various reasons the pilgrimage was never made. When the event came to London this year we were all out of excuses and went up to the velodrome in the Olympic Park near Stratford to test the metal. The Handmade show is a showcase…

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Added by Jason on April 22, 2014 at 15:15 — 5 Comments

Tom Tom people at the Bristol Show

Rega

Rega’s Phil Freeman told me that they were trying to stop visitors from taking the system too seriously this year. His reasoning being that trying to appreciate its finer points in a hotel room with high ambient noise is akin to test driving a Ferrari in a car park. As a distraction Simon Webster had brought along a variety of turntable components to illustrate the differences between models. They played an RP10 with its shiny RB2000 arm and the Apheta MC through…

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Added by Jason on February 25, 2014 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

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Third gen Naits

LP12 Magic above the new Supernait 3Earlier in the week I went to hear the latest additions to Naim’s range of integrated amplifiers. Both the Nait XS and Supernait are now in their third generation, but you’d have to be eagle eyed to spot the difference which comes down to the addition of a ‘phono’ input button on the front panel. This of course indicates the arrival of…See More
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A basic guide to setting up a streaming system

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