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Naim CDi

Discussion in 'audio' started by westsea, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. westsea

    westsea Retirement present

    My first new thread post, be kind!

    My old CDi has stopped reading discs, and I am thinking of having it serviced.

    Witch Hat servicing will do this (new caps, laser, Digital out) for about £300, their approach seemed professional and helpful, anyone had good experience with them?
    More controversially, does it make sense to have it restored, for what are basically emotional reasons? - I like it and think it sounds better than the Audiolab CDQ

    System: small computer, media monkey, audiolab 8200CDQ, Naim CDi, second hand atc100 active amps, homemade atc 100's
  2. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    I love the CDi, Mark at Witch Hat did a great job fitting a new laser head and service to mine.

    Highly recommended.

    And yes, the CDi is a very special sounding player.
  3. westsea

    westsea Retirement present

    Many thanks - just what I needed.
  4. mikeylauner

    mikeylauner Active Member

    Great player worth restoring if you are playing cds.
  5. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    300 quid, small price to pay for one hell of a CD spinner.
  6. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    Westsea, newbie here, so please be kind!

    Witch Hat recently repaired and serviced my CD2. The DAC was faulty (crackling sound). Mark replaced the DAC and fully serviced, which included 42 new capacitors and a 2 day bench test to ensure all was 100%. The result is a fabulous player given a new lease of life, for a very sensible and reasonable cost. Goodness knows what Naim would have charged if they had taken on the job. Definitely worth giving your CDi some TLC and no hesitation in recommending Witch Hat for the job.

    Regards, Ponty
  7. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    Ponty, I might be wrong but I don't think Naim repair/service the CD2, CD2 or CDI any more its good to see that Witch Hat do
  8. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    I think you are probably right HiFiman when it comes to general servicing / lasers etc. I was told on good authority that DAC issues would need to be looked at by Salisbury. Not wishing to explore this route for fear of being uneconomic to repair, I contacted Witch Hat who came up trumps. It's great that owners of these superb older players can keep them running sweetly at sensible cost. Mine is now sounding better than ever.
  9. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

    You won't find a better CD player for £300 and Witch Hat do a great job. So, go ahead and have it repaired.
  10. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    It's a very nice player and witch hat are very well regarded. It is well worth £300 to keep it alive IMI, I'd go for it.
  11. westsea

    westsea Retirement present

    Thank you all,
    I will now find the original box and try get it away in the next couple of weeks. As it has been out of serious use for the past couple of years the prospect is quite exciting :-
  12. scottcarpenter

    scottcarpenter pfm Member

    Send it straight to Mark. Witch Hat are superb.

    They are very special players and you should definitely spend the money and bring it back to life.

    You will then enjoy it for years to come.
  13. Minio

    Minio Not flakey and never soggy ...

    Class A servicing put a new laser in my CD5X for £180. Job well done. No worries.
  14. oldie

    oldie pfm Member

  15. westsea

    westsea Retirement present

  16. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    Do make sure you have the two transport bolts fitted before shipping, they are essential for safe transit.

    If you don't have them give Mark at Witch Hat a call, he most likley has spare bolts he can send you.

    It really is a damn fine CD player.
  17. westsea

    westsea Retirement present

    Thanks for the reminder, found them after a quick look, will ensure they are fitted before shipping.

    I think the best it ever sounded was through an AVI preamp with its stepped volume control, it was a bit 'clunky' as fine tuning the low volumes wasn't easy, hence the Audiolab CDQ, it is probably time to have a review of the system performance, something I have neglected for the last few years, while playing around with flac files and 'jukeboxes' on hard discs. Taking a listen to flac files against the resurrected CD! and the built in CDQ will keep me occupied for a week or so!
  18. mudlark

    mudlark nearly half a clue

    I've had my Quad CD66 repaired by Witch Hat and I'm very pleased with the results. Repaired for sentimental reasons, but well worth the effort, in my opinion.
  19. JonR

    JonR Brainwashed Bloke

    I once owned a CDi and what a fabulous player it was. I found mine actually worked better with a Puck5 rather than the original "top hat" puck.

    If Witch Hat can service and repair the OP's CDi then more power to them and the OP.
  20. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    The clamp 5 puck does indeed work very well and does a better job of gripping the CD and reduces slippage; you can also get a brand new one for less than a tenner, silly not to really.

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