Naim Unitilite Audition
A brief summary of my Unilite audition at my local hi fi shop.
First up with the Uniti was a pair of Monitor Audio BX5 with streamed music. I`ve never encounterd an ipad but the controls were slick, quick & easy to pick up. The Naim app a joy to use. The BX5`s were natural, overall well balanced but a little flat - never drew me into the music.
Next came the Rega RS3 and what a difference, The whole sound opened up, bass was deep, tight & not over powering. The snap of the snare drum & vocals, better soundstage, all wonderfully presented for a musical, foot tapping experience. The whole sound drew you in & the speakers just seemed to disappear.
I was looking to audition floorstanders but as surprise the assistant next set up a pair of Kef LS50. I heard these at the Bristol show & in the square room found them shut-in, boxy & very bass shy. The smaller rectangular show room suited them much better. Bass was very deep & for me too prominent ! Overall a deeper, thicker sound, not so much depth to the music, not so open like the Rega`s.
Finally came the Kef Q500`s. These I found very similar to the LS50`s, a deep boomy bass that was too much.
Switching to CD`s but leaving out the BX5`s the presentation of the Kef`s & Rega`s remained.
The Rega RS3 for me was the way to go. Better start saving.
Music used - Van Morrison, Robert Cray, Diana Krall, The Police, Bob Marley, Sade, Santana, Elvis Costello