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Positioned at a height reachable only by the towering Gary Yacoubian, the CEO/President/Managing Partner/Chief Window Washer of SVS, the aptly named Prime Elevation (approx. $399/pair) is part of the company's year-old Prime Series…
Tue, 05/10/2016

Delving Deeper at Munich High End

The YB combines a 1" Scanspeak Illuminator beryllium tweeter, 5.25" sliced-paper cone mid-woofer, and 8" non-ported aluminum woofer in a slim composite cabinet…
Tue, 05/10/2016

An Evening with Dave & Daryl Wilson Thursday in Santa Monica

Thursday May 12, The Audio Salon (The Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave (Gallery F1), Santa Monica, CA 90404), 4:45pm–8:00pm, is hosting an evening with David and Daryl Wilson, to celebrate Wilson Audio Specialties' first 42 years. Dave and Daryl, beginning at 5:00pm, 6:00pm, and 7:00pm, will give three 50-minute presentations in the art gallery area. As well as discussing the culture and history of Wilson, what has changed since those nascent days when Daryl sat on his father's lap and listened to the first prototype WAMM, they will demonstrate Wilson's new Alexx loudspeaker.
Tue, 05/10/2016

David Binney: On Bowie and Not Being an Audiophile but Subscribing to Stereophile

"Are you an audiophile?" I find myself yelling into my semi-functional smart phone, sitting in my dimly lit cubicle in Stereophile's New York office.

On the other end of the line is my close friend and long-time mentor, David Binney. We're FaceTiming in slow, fragmented motions as he eats his dinner in a lively restaurant before a gig in central Belgrade.

"No, definitely not." He says quite matter-of-factly. "I subscribe to Stereophile but I don't consider myself an audiophile. I wish I was, but it's too expensive.

Mon, 05/09/2016

On the Move at Munich High End

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around the computational power required to accurately and consistently upsample to DSDx16 (DSD1024)…
Sun, 05/08/2016

Warner Music Group Goes with MQA

MQA's game-changing breakthrough has arrived. On 9am UK time on May 6, 2016, Warner Music Group (WMG), whose vast catalog includes everything from the Beatles to Maria Callas, announced a long-term licensing deal with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). The agreement makes it possible to digitize the entire WMG catalogue in the superior MQA-encoded format of various resolutions, and disseminate the files via download and streaming services in a far more efficient and user-friendly manner.
Sat, 05/07/2016

WoM presents Pro-Ject Audio Systems in New York City

Pro-Ject Audio System's founder and President Heinz Lichtenegger debuted three products in Manhattan this past April 28. Among the upbeat Austrian's new wares were the Vertical turntable (above), the Classic turntable, and the DAC Box DS2 Ultra. Presented at World of McIntosh's SoHo townhouse, visitors were given a tour of the 1890s-built former New York City power substation, now beautifully renovated and stuffed floor to ceiling with audio gear from Sonus Faber, McIntosh, and of course, Pro-Ject.
Fri, 05/06/2016

Trade Day Begins at Munich High End

To get an idea of how many press and industry members attend Munich High End, just take a look at this "opening bell" shot of people queuing on the ground level and on one of the spiral stairways up to the atrium level of the MOC Convention Center…
Thu, 05/05/2016

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Thu, 05/05/2016

music guy's picture

My starter amp was the original "hair shirt" Naim Nait. Initally drove Kef 104ab then for some some the totally power hungry Magnipan 2.5's until moving to a Naim 32.5 pre and a Nat 160 amplifier. Source was an ever increasing, in parts count, LP 12. (Natch).
Those were the exciting days of audio. My current system is delightful (Magico/Devialet/Nordost) but that wonderful "open top sports car ride" of these early Naim pieces was delightful.

bpeugh11's picture

Thank you Art for bringing back fond memories of Alexis. She was truly a very special human being.

volvic's picture

Enjoyed the article from Art, great gear, what for me was a great period in audio.

tonykaz's picture

I never owned a naim piece but I've owned plenty of Meridian from that Era. I still miss my Meridian M-2 Active Loudspeakers. Sure it was "quirky" from a USA perspective, not spec. driven, simple to use and enjoy, high levels of performance, reliable and "musical" as the Brits describe it.
I wish we could go back to Naim simplicity.
That was the end of the Vinyl Era which I regretted to the point of leaving the Audio Business world to return to my roots in the Transportation Industry ( I'm betting Audiophile Systems was happy to see me depart because I was Gray-Importing Air Containers of Linn LP12s to sell thru the back pages of Audio Magazene's classified Ads.) I never bothered to import Naim stuff but today I'd love to have one of these lovely Naits and a pair of little Kann Speakers. I've always felt that it was a magical system.
I was sorry to learn of Julian's death.
Today, I'm happy that Naim is part of the French outfit Focal, Naim deserve a good distribution system. I wish them well! Geez, they had a good run with LINN, didn't they?, at least while it lasted.

LINN naim kinda started it all for a great many audiophiles, we need something like that for the 21st Century.

Tony in Michigan

ps. I'd have-to own a LP-12 Ittok Asak, too, wouldn't I? or at least a Basik Arm and it's matching MM.

Fond memories from 35 Years Ago

srdykes's picture

Much ink has been spilled in Stereophile about the Croft; how 3 writers loved it but JA's measurements sucked. I do love some measurements but take them with a grain of salt sometime.

In this comparison, with I assume the Croft connected to Art's Quad ESL's, what else can be said about the Croft? Is it good at all with the Quads (I assume it is) or does it suck? Did the Naim trounce it that much?

Why you ask -- well I'm considering the Croft for purchase to use with my WPK rebuilt Quads, but as I can't audition them together, I'm looking for review advice.

And I'm leery of buying a the Naim when I need to stick another $2k in it. Damb things are $600 to $800 or more used. I can get the Croft for much less. Not many reviews elsewhere on it though.....

So Art -- any comment on the Quads and Croft?

spacehound's picture

I've been keen on both music and HiFi since the 1970s and I'm in the UK.

Just use Naim amps (their core products). Don't bother with any other manufacturer. At one time its only rival was Krell, their early class A amps. Where are Krell now? They are nothing.

Buy a current model Naim NAP250 and a matching Nain preamp - it's the equal of ANYTHING in the world at any price. Except Naim's higher spec amps/preamps.

Fanboy? No. I'm only come to them recently after wasting money on much higher priced stuff..


Listening #161

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
—Robert Frost

Perhaps it was different for other audio hobbyists in other parts of the world, but to this American, the Naim Audio of the late 1970s and early '80s seemed a bit prickly. It wasn't just their road-less-traveled-by attitude toward amplifier design—scorning class-A output architecture, preferring DIN connectors to RCA jacks, routing preamp output signals and power-supply voltages through the same cable—but also the British company's perspectives on selling and setting up and even listening to hi-fi gear that seemed combative: Shopping for amplifiers based on output power is foolish. Using short speaker cables and long interconnects is the wrong way to go about it. And why do you Americans bother with all that "soundstaging" nonsense?

Thu, 05/05/2016