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Naim Equipment recommendations

Discussion in 'classic' started by Wayne C, Jan 28, 2023.

  1. MJS

    MJS Technical Tinkerer

    I'd go back down the 72/140 route. It'll hold its own against current kit, looks good, sounds great and will still be serviceable for decades. Oh, and multiple upgrades are available for them should you wish.
    Dark Lord, chiily, Phil UK and 6 others like this.
  2. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones pfm Member

    Yes, this tbh.

    I wouldn't buy a 102 - they really need a HiCap, and even then are not one of the more loved preamps.

    I also wouldn't buy a SuperNait 1 - they were not especially popular at the time (possibly because of the DAC/amp PSU layout, or did I dream that?) and the redesign to the SN2 happened quite quickly IIRC.

    An SN2 is the best bet if you want one of the more modern integrateds - it's a great fit and forget amp, if perhaps lacking the charm of the older stuff.
    MJS and Gervais Cote like this.
  3. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    Agree with others that 32.5/110 or 72/140 are the ways to go, depending on speakers. Also agree that HC is not needed for either combo. I preferred without.
    Dark Lord likes this.
  4. Phil UK

    Phil UK pfm Member

    I’d find yourself another 72/140 combo. You’ll always be able to move them on if you wish, they are a great pairing.
  5. Chris Gallagher

    Chris Gallagher pfm Member

    I too have just gone Naim from years of Musical fidelity. I have done some upgrades (but not gone mad) but really like the sound. Much more upfront than MF.
  6. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    72/140, 82/140, 72/Hi/250... make sure you have money for a service, and a couple of terminated lengths of Naim's NACA5 speaker cable. Decent fun. I don't rate the 102; it's a 72 with a remote, sounds a bit more brittle and must be used with a NAPSC to sound halfway decent - you may as well get an 82. 72 supercap is also a great preamp!

    I've never been taken with the Supernaits of any description. YMMV.

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