Naim Audio NAIT 5si integrated amplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Thorens TD-124 turntable, SME 3009 II tonearm; VPI Traveler turntable & tonearm; Miyajima Spirit (mono), Ortofon 2M Black & 2M Red, Shure M44-78 cartridges.
Digital Sources: Oppo DV-980H SACD/CD player; Puresound A-8000 CD player; Halide DAC HD, Line Magnetic LM 502CA DACs; HifiMan HM-101USB soundcard.
Preamplification: April Sound BB1, Fi Yph, Sentec EQ11 moving-magnet phono stages; Audio Note S1H+S1L, Intact Audio moving-coil step-up transformers.
Integrated Amplifiers: Creek 4330, Line Magnetic LM518, Rogue Audio Sphinx.
Loudspeakers: DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93, KEF LS50, Konus Essence, Rogers LS3/5A (15 ohms), Totem Model One Signature.
Headphones: Audeze LCD2, Audio Technica ATH-M50.
Cables: Interconnect: Auditorium 23, Kimber Kable Silver Streak, Naim Hi-Line (DIN). Speaker: Audio Note AN-SPX, Auditorium 23, Kimber Kable 8TS.
Accessories: Sound Anchor stands.—Herb Reichert

Naim Audio Ltd.
US distributor: Audio Plus Services
156 Lawrence Paquette Industrial Drive
Champlain, NY 12919
(800) 663-9352

Allen Fant's picture

Excellent review HR-
earlier this year I did spend some time w/ this integrated amp and its matching cd player. Excellent sound, very pleasing. Simple set-up that does not require any critical skills. Disclaimer:
I am a separates guy.

Anon2's picture

I have heard though not had the privilege to own a Naim product.

I'd be interested in some comparison between the Naim Nait 5si and the recently reviewed Arcam FMJ A19.

This would be a good intra-UK integrated amp comparison, especially in view of the price of the Arcam FMJ A19, at almost 1/2 the price of the Naim.

And, for good measure, I'd really like to know of the compatibility of the Naim, or Arcam, with the Dynaudio Excite X14 or Focus 160 that have made the pages of Stereophile recently (the 160 as a come-back recommended component, and the Excite X14 as a new product).

BaTou069's picture

Nice Review, thanks!
Would be interested in more comparison between these two, as I consider one of them to pair with the LS50.

PitM's picture

I auditioned the LS50 with Arcam A19, Roksan Kandy K2 and Naim Nait 5si. Same room, same condition (Marantz HD DAC 1 as a source, music was alt rock, indie pop).

Arcam is notably the weakest amp here, while Roksan with it's great control, sound stage and power still doesn't sound so clean and lacks the fineness of Naim.

voxi's picture

I have this amp I must say that the amp is absolutely excellent! If someone have it or he is considering to buy, one should get it paired with Naim Nac A5 speaker cable (at least 3,5m long as manufacturer recommends). It will substantialy improve already excellent sound - almost unbelievable difference.