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Naim SBL

Discussion in 'audio' started by amazement, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    So what do they sound like? I only ever listened to the big DBL's once by accident and was impressed, so would I like SBL's?
    Amp would be Nap200.
  2. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    I think like you'd like them.

    They are a bit old skool flat earth, share the same tweeter as the Linn Kan, which I love, in fact they are a bit like Kans with bass!

    They are very fast, dry tight tuneful bass, a little forward.

    They need to be right up against a solid back wall and take a bit of careful setting up.

    I find them a very musical and engaging speaker which I'm about to take active.

    Your 200 will drive them fine.
  3. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    Thanks for that Gaius. I am bit fed up with ported bloaters booming all over the place that need to be in the middle of the room to work. Would you say you lose some depth with them to the back wall?
  4. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Inevitably, it's the nature of the design.
  5. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Empire State Human

    A friend used a pair years ago with DNM pre and power amps - sounded superb.

  6. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    How do they compare to the Ovators, which I can't say I was too enamered with?
  7. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    I prefer them to Ovator 400s which I have tried in my room, bit of a strange speaker that one.

    I agree with you about ports, initially the better ones are quite impressive, big sound, little box.....

    It's one of the things I like best with the SBL is the bass sounds real.
  8. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    The only way of finding out is to come and listen :)
  9. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    I would if you were not too far away.
  10. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Fair enough!

    I strongly suspect you'd like SBLs - but they're not especially rare (though beware there are some ropey ones around), so be patient and you'll probably find a pair comes up nearer to you before too long.
  11. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    If you want to swap for my Kef R300's for your av set up I'll come down and listen and exchange.?
  12. tof

    tof pfm Member

    IMHO, wrt Linn kans, you get more bass, but you loose something in the medium presentation
    You should have a listen to make sure you'll like them
  13. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    I see Tom Tom has a couple of pairs, bit pricey from what I've seen around.
  14. arthur

    arthur Banned

    I used to drive mine with a 150x.

    Sounded very fine indeed.

    Though the naim forumees might tell you you need to go active with a pair of 500's.
  15. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    I'm going active with a 4 Pack of Witch Hat Audio Monos, should be quite awesome!
  16. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    Is there anyone local to Coventry that has SBL's that I could hear?
  17. timH

    timH pfm Member

    The thing is they tend to hold their value pretty much so it's worth waiting for a good pair on eBay to take a punt and get rid of if you don't like them. I got mine for £330 a couple of years ago so I could maybe make a profit but they ain't going nowhere ;)
  18. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    £330 bit of a bargain then. I saw a pair going for £895 at a dealer, not even with the correct foam grills.
  19. DMP

    DMP pfm Member

    Anyone care to comment on how these might work with an Avondale S100? I would guess pretty well and certainly a step up from my Credos.

    First hand experience anyone?

  20. Anh

    Anh Naim ghetto blaster

    £300-£350 for MK1's in Ash black in reasonable condition.

    Expect up to £1k for MK2's in Walnut and Cherry finishes.

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