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Alternative speaker cable to Naim NAC A5

Discussion in 'audio' started by Rich020370, Sep 16, 2021.

  1. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Linn K20
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  2. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Yes, even softer than post-coitus NACA4.
  3. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Plus lots of copper for a frozen in time price of £5 pm.
    Most unlike Linn :)
  4. herb

    herb music live

  5. hifi-dog

    hifi-dog pfm Member

    Witch hat phantom… job done
  6. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    Very happy with my Phantom cables, if your budget is lower then consider Witch Hat N2 I have that on my second system.
    andya and MJS like this.
  7. RoA

    RoA pfm Member

    About £60 all in

    incl. silver plated copper Z plugs.
    2x3 meter VD Hifi 2x4mm LC OFC

    It doesn't have to be orange!

    I owned NACA5 for years. I eventually sold it as the lack of flexibility became an issue after I moved.
  8. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    One might say that the price had been cryogenically frozen, rather than the cable itself having been. :)
    Robert likes this.
  9. joe9407

    joe9407 actress/activist

    Just gave K20 a quick Google and a helpful website suggested that I might also be interested in a 9M pair of Naim SuperLumina speaker cables for the reasonable sum of $10,990.
    Sloop John B and gustav_errata like this.
  10. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Okay, just to make sure : if I pay $10k for some speaker cables, do I still need an amplifier or they will play music by themselves ? :eek:
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  11. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Inductance is 0.74x that of A5 so you'd be needing 4.73m minimum to match that of 3.5m A5. Probably best to round off to 5m at £3,395 for a factory terminated pair. :D

    Based upon AudioT's offerings, Naim do factory terminated lengths in 3m, 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m, and 9m (other lengths to order) with roughly 700 quid between the steps, double that between 7m and 9m!

    It would be interesting to know what minimum length New Naim consider as appropriate for use with classic Naim amps. I haven't had a look in at the Naim forum for quite some time, however, I can just imagine the cost benefit analysis discussions wrt upgrading to 5m of Super Lumina for one's olive NAP140 vs. a recap and standing pat with A5. :rolleyes:
  12. mbu

    mbu pfm Member

    If you want cheap definetly check out old Exposure Electronics cable. I thought it better than Nac a5 between Nap 135s and Neat 3is.
    And oddly I preferred nac a5 with a Densen b330 power amp and the same Neats. Weird.
    I think comparing cables is fraught and will drive you potty
  13. Whatsisnaim

    Whatsisnaim pfm Member

    It was moving to Shahinian speakers that made me move away from NACA5 too. Until then I had no problem with its stiffness, I found it easy to just bend it into shape knowing that it would stay put.
    I now use Chord cable which has the required flexibility (although I find Naim’s right angled plugs a good match for the Shahinian sockets.) The various alternatives that have a similar construction to NACA5 with a wide web separating the consuctors may be more flexible in one dimension, but they are still stiff in the other, so I would not choose A4, LK20, Tellurium Q etc either, even though the conductors are kept apart for good reason.
  14. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Yes, one nice thing about twisted twin-axial 'pro style' 'speaker cables in a round outer jacket is that they are equally flexible in all directions about the cross-sectional axis.

    The ironic thing about NACA5 is that the 4mm sockets most likely to break are Naim's own board mounted Deltron ones. Over the years, I had two used NAITs on home loan from the dealers that had to have a 'speaker socket re-soldered before I could even try them out. With the original NAIT solder tracks, in particular, this can be a tricky job.
  15. Whatsisnaim

    Whatsisnaim pfm Member

    I nev
    I never had a problem with Naim plugs and sockets, but I can see how the stiff cables might put undue strain on them if moved around.

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