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Hi there,

I first became aware of Naim when I saw the new 5 series displayed in a shop in Ringwood one day.

However, my interest was really sparked when I attended a visit to the factory, as a member of the IMechE.

I was really impressed by the engineering that goes in to all Naim equipment and seeing the different levels of detail at different range levels. The tour culmintaed in a listening session where we listened to three different price levels of equipment (CDS3 being the top CD player at that point) and the differences in all areas of performance were clear between them. At that point i vowed i would move away from my non-Naim surround set-up of the time and go for an NAC202/NAP200 CDX2.

Of course, the direction of Hifi has changed since then - and i am no longer focussed on that particular set-up but more an equivalent level of performance and i know that i want a streaming capability.

I have recently stepped on the Naim laddder with a Nait 5i-2, originally based on the premise that integrated units may date and i can always add to an amplifier. However, the Unitis of this world look like a good solution from a family perspective and although inevitably there will be some other technology come along, the streaming route appears the way to go; after all CD has been around for nigh on 30 years and is still going.

So i will see what happens this year regarding a source - it would be nice to see an non-amplified uniti/unitqute at the 5i/si level (rather than XS) but i may go the route of a fully integrated solution - I am currently aiming towards Superuniti.

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Welcome to the club Gary. The Nait's a good place to start, but watch out as the upgraditis bug is catching!
A factory tour really brings the Naim philosophy to life. Until you witness the care and attention that goes into the products first hand it's difficult to comprehend how Naim products are really very different and special. And, if like me you've been messing around with a soldering iron since junior school, seeing 'artisan' electronic development is a real treat...!
I'm really glad you're enjoying the Qute Gary, it's a wonderful little music player that just sings it's heart out.

Watch this space regarding a Tom Tom Club outing to the Naim factory in the spring.
Hi Gary, no you have not missed a tour, we are still planning these with Naim.

Cheers
James

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