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NAP 250 and speaker cables

Discussion in 'audio' started by gandalph, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. gandalph

    gandalph Member

    Hi everyone,

    First post here. As the title implies, I was wondering if any NAP 250 users here are, or have been, succesfully using other than NAC A5 speaker cables. What brands, model, etc.. would you recommend and why?

    Thanks for your input.
  2. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    NAC A4
    Linn K20
    RS multi strand no name as recommended by Naim in the 80s.
  3. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    Chord Epic worked very well in my system with the 250
  4. Mike g

    Mike g pfm Member

    Mogami - different types and thicknesses. It's what I use with my naim(ish) kit
  5. Colinb

    Colinb pfm Member

    Avondale Blacklink. Much thinner and more flexible. It works in any length and when I changed from NACA5 I preferred it.
  6. Cesare

    Cesare pfm Member

    I used flatline stuff to go under a carpet for a number of years and it did the trick - sound came out of the speakers, and no smoke from the amp.
  7. RichardH

    RichardH Bodging pleb

    What he said.
  8. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    What he said.
  9. PerF

    PerF Senior

    Chord Odyssey/Epic are great alternatives, they give and take a bit from the original A5, some prefer the mother some the daughter so go and try them, a good long lenght is usually to prefer as the amp seem to like the load.

    oh and if its an old nap 250 definately consider a recap
  10. Robert M

    Robert M pfm Member

    Nordost flatline gold.
  11. PerF

    PerF Senior

    Not what he said
  12. gandalph

    gandalph Member

    Thank you all for your input.

    Perf, the amp I got (yesterday) is second hand and is almost 3 years old. So the recap is not for a few years yet. The object of my quest was to know if, and how much, merit I should give to Naim's warnings and some dealer's scare tactics to the effect that this may cause the amp to blow-up and that the warranty would be void. Apparently, this has been the dealer's experience in this case with my particular brand of cables. So he claims...

    Presently I use Transparent Audio Laboratory's MusicWave speaker cable and can't really complain about anything. Then again, I haven't compared it to anything else, so I wouldn't know what I'm missing, if anything. Since all this is relatively new, or recent, I was a bit worried for the long term effect.
  13. Dave J

    Dave J Übermember

    Don't know anything about your cables but I have owned a CB 250 and a 250.2 (which is what you have) and the 250.2 is far less fussy about cables. I can recommend Chord Epic and Sarum or Telerium from experience, either of them I found vastly preferable to Naca5, which, to my ears, is crude and lacking.
  14. PerF

    PerF Senior

    Worth mention the Sarum and Tellurium is mega money, Odyssey is much closer priced to A5 which I agree is somehow lacking

    Purchased a 250 way back, it was used several years with strange cabling and resulted in a break down and repair, its was the original 250 not mk2 which another amp alltogether, I wouldn't use your Transparent cable but what recommended by maker only, why make risk for such an expensive amp ?
  15. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    Gutwire Basic2, Chord Odyssey, Tellurium Q Black, Nordost White Lightning.

    I have used them in various Naim amp set ups, Naca 5 is not a bad cable but it really is a pig to use and the others sound better across the board.
  16. 1000RPM

    1000RPM pfm Member

    On my NAP250 the best cable I ever heard was NVA LS5 - all the speed and detail of NACA5, with more richness and body. A truly wonderful match.

    A Flashback Premier Performance din-xlr interconnect offered exceptionaly neutrality on the input side.
  17. gandalph

    gandalph Member

    Since Chord seems to be one of the most often mentioned cable recommended, I'll look into it. I'm having a bit of hard time with their website, so I'll try to find a local dealer and get some loaners to experiment. Not too sure what you mean by A5 lacking. I found them brutal and unmanageable.

    Thank you all.
  18. jayson0328

    jayson0328 Active Member

    Tellurium Q black
  19. linntroika

    linntroika pfm Member

    Mogami - first heard it at Tomtom this year - Fab stuff - best ive ever used with my 250 (Naim + linn previously)
  20. backwell

    backwell pfm Member

    I used multi strand shielded cable I got from Les at Avondale on my old 250. It worked just as well as the NAC A5 . I used it in 4.5 metre lengths.

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