Have auditioned Naim Nait 5i, the stereo image was 2D.
5si should be much better, according to reviews, but is it worth 1000 quid?
Only you can decide if it is good value for your needs. But wide and deep imagery is not a Naim strongpoint, so you may need to look further afield. Worth listening to the newer model as they are amps that grow on you and are liveable with.
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The Nait has always been a great amplifier, whichever model you look at. The 5Si is one of the best amplifiers under the £1k mark, but as mentioned, only you can decide if you agree with that. It may well come down to how well it matched with your existing speakers.
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I can't comment on the new 5Si (or the old one) but I did have a very good time with the XS (old). Phenomenal little amplifier and very, very involving.
As someone else said, '3d imaging' is not a Naim trait, my Denon at the time trounced the XS but for sheer musicality it was lovely, sounding fuller and more propulsive.
Maybe an idea to hold out for a s//h XS rather than the 5Si?
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Thanks for the input! The amp might be Amore at home instead of in a demo Room.
I've always found the Naim 5i amps to be very speaker sensitive. It'll boil down (IMO) to speakers and source.
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One little question, is there any standby or do you have to switch it on and off at the back of the unit.
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No standby. Just the on/off switch on the back.
You are encouraged to leave the unit switched on permanently. (Except during thunder storms.)
You are discouraged from switching off by the ill-named 'switch on thump' (Naim's description) that you get when you next turn it back on again!
(From personal experience this can be anything from a loud 'click' - to a "what the f### was that?!" whip crack sound of almost artillery grade volume, depending on which speakers were being used.*)
Another dis-incentive to switching off (if you believe them) are Naim's - and their dealer's - insistence that it can take up to a month of constantly being powered up for the amp to sound it's best.
*And yes, I was using the recommended 3.5 metres of Naim NACA5 cable soldered with Naim amp plugs and Naim approved banana plugs and using the recommended power up sequence of sources first, followed by amplifier.
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I don't even know what 2d/3d imaging is but I love the amp and it sounds bloody good to my ears.
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Is this thump on 5si also?
Would hesitate to leave a power amp always on, the electricity bill is already grand.
That is the reason why i don't buy Naim electronics. They can not be turned off and use electricity 24/24.
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Nait 5i is an excellent amp
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Nait 5i is an excellent amp The Nait 5i knows how to rock
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