Hi Reviewers,I'm looking for a new amp to pair with Monitor Audio RX6 using exclusively hi-res downloads (96/24 and up) from a Mac. Its down to the Naim, Cyrus 8 DAC and Musical Fidelity M3i...all within a couple hundred (the Cyrus is the most expensive but it has an integrated DAC). I'm primarily looking for a detailed sound with liquid midrange and a little shimmer as I listen mostly to piano, acoustic, voice, and I have a 20'X15' room and listen only at moderate volumes.If I wanted to go for a slightly more bass heavy speaker (like the new M.A. Silver Series Eight) how would that change your decision (which one of these has the tightest control on the low frequencies). Thanks, as always, for the great reviews and advice,Cory from Texas
I think the Cyrus has the most detailed sound with arguably the tightest bass control, while the Naim adds greater overall solidity and drive. The MF is likely to have the most liquid midrange, though without the low-end grip of the others. I don't think changing the speaker from a Silver 6 to an 8 will change the choice of amp in this case.
Update. Now got a loud burr coming and going. Anyone buying this amp should try and get a home trial, i wish i had.
could be smoother - would the naim powerline mains cable solve this ?
Good sounding amp.
Annoying buzz/hum from amp. Naim say it's a dirty power supply.
Dealer says most people turn amp off when not playing.
Which Dac you suggest for the combo Nait 5si/cd 5si, around 500-800£?
thanks in advance
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Was this Naim Nait 5si tested in a 'full Naim setup' or with other non Naim gear? I was really tempted by the Naim Nait 5i a short while ago but was put off when I read that Naim really only works best in a Naim only setup, which didn't appeal at all. Too much 'lock in' for me. I have a Marantz M-CR610 all-in-one and I was thinking of adding better amplification and using the audio outs to an integrated amp.
The Nait 5si was tested in a range of systems, most of which didn't use Naim sources or speakers. I wouldn't use it with the Marantz, the M-CR610 isn't a good enough source to show what the Nait can really do.
Thanks for the reply. What about my TEAC VRDS10? Would that just scrape in as a suitable source? Or are we talking something in the Roksan Caspian M2 CD price group?
The TEAC should be OK . In the future a move to something like the Caspian M2 or Naim's CD5XS would work well. The choice between these two CD players depends on taste as much as anything else.
Okay, thanks very much, that's very helpful.
•Could be smoother
To the touch?
Smooooooooth try YAMAHA's AS2000 .
Only 3 stars for being too smooth.......
No, the sound quality
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