Naim Audio makes major Statement at CES 2014

7 Jan 2014

Stars of CES 2014 winner

Las Vegas is an appropriate place for Naim Audio, one of the UK’s largest and most successful specialist hi-fi manufacturers, to launch its extraordinary new ‘Statement’ -comprising the NAC S1 preamplifier and NAP S1 mono power amplifier.

Naim products have long-since been associated with dynamic performance, but the Statement combination looks to be in a different league altogether.

We doubt there’s a pair of loudspeakers currently being manufactured that wouldn’t appreciate the enormous 746 watts of power (one horsepower!) each NAP S1 mono power amp delivers into 8ohms. Equally, we’re far from certain a projected selling price of $200,000 will deter those customers who demand uncompromised performance.

Naturally, each and every aspect of the design and manufacturing process has been painstaking, from the spikes used to couple the products to the floor through the reimaging of the volume control technology to the huge 4000VA power transformer built from the finest grain orientated steel.

Each NAC S1 weighs in at 62kg, while the NAP S1 is a floorboard-bothering 101kg. And as you can see from the pictures and this video, the looks are just as purposeful as the engineering.

The ‘Statement’ goes on sale in July of this year.

WATCH: See the 'Statement' in action

MORE: CES 2014 - latest news and product highlights 

by Simon Lucas

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I knew my concrete screed floors would pay off in the end! Where do I order them? 

Ha, that is a nice price Wink. The system for a biljardair who loves music. 

Naim thought, what Steinway & Sons Lingdorf can we can Wink.

Why not a silly price "floorboard-bothering" amplifier?

You can get silly expensive cars, watches, fountain pens, shoes, handbags, caviar, etc., etc. There are hardly any areas of production and sales these days that don't have the whole range from super, super cheap to super, super expensive.

If I had the money (guess I'll be playing the EuroMillions for a few weeks...), I would definitely give these a listen. Partner this setup with a pair of Focal Grande Utopia EM speakers and an Naim NDS with two 555PS and I bet you'd have a match made in heaven for less than three hundred thousand quid.

If money is no object, then why not! I reckon we all would if we could Wink

And the good thing for us mere mortals, is that a few years down the line, innovations from the silly expensive stuff will trickle down to our level.

Why we need such a big power on this high amp? 

Is this hifi amp or pro amp? 

What speaker will match this: Pro speaker? How about the sound quality? 

Parmigiani Kalpa XL Tourbillon – $150,000

The IWC Grande Complication Perpetual – $240,000

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers – $631,000

Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication – $800,000

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Complication – $869,000

 Patek Philippe’s Sky Moon Tourbillon – $1.3 million

 

Heck, why cannot state of the art power amplifier cost - $200.000

Cheap!

Does the $200,000 include the Bentley? Is it too expensive for 'Temptations in next months mag?' More importantly, will it fill Birmingham Arena with sound like the AVI bookshelf speakers can???

I assume - from the weight figures given - that Naim will have to build each of these systems in your home (once the contractors have re-inforced the floor).

I guess it'll be very difficult to steal.

Just what the world needs.......and people wonder why our hobby gets a bad name.