oomph in the bass department....the only thing I feel my HiFi lacks on some recordings
When was the NAP last serviced?
Are you happy with the soldering on the ends of your Naca5?
Have you got a Napsc?
Do your SBLs pass the woofer test?
Is the Rega record player your only source? (your post reads like it is, and if so, which stage are you using at the moment? and what's wrong with it?
Hi Christopher - thanks for those questions...here's the low down:
NAP serviced just before I left London to come back to NZ in 2010 ...not sure whether the Naim dealer in Wellington (other end of the island) knows enough to do any kind of serious service work...which is why I'm a it nervous about how old my rig is getting, but the bass thing isn't a new gripe, it's been a bit light in the low end ever since I got it, but it's so damn good at everything else, and I don't listen to much these days where I notice it really.
I have never looked at the soldering on the Naca5 cable - could this need freshening up?
I don't have a napsc - what would this do compared to adding a hicap (as recommended by Antonio)
Re: woofer test - do you mean te suction test for a good seal to the base unit? I check that periodically and reseal as required...the bass is tight and clear but some recordings have never sounded anything like they do in decent cans like my HD25s (example LTJ Bukem progression sessions sound orchestral and nice, but the driving bass line is left wanting)
No, the Rega is not my only source - very recent purchase...and I have only bought 12 albums so far as I only had $1500 to get rolling - half on TT and half on vinyl...the current stage is a shitty piece of equipment around the $25 mark that my friend had lying around, purely so I could connect it up and think on whether to go circuit boards or external stage.
I clearly don't spend the kind of money most of you guys do on your gear - but I reckon even my very modest RP1 is a great move and I'm enjoying a sonic difference compared to my other sources, which include spotify through chromecast, optical into Beresford Caiman mkii DAC then straight into the 102...and occasionally an old ipod directly into the 102 via a mini jack to DIN cable. I know....I'm a heathen! ;-)
The foam grills on my SBLs are disintegrating and looking tatty. ..so $300 to replace those is a pretty unexcitng way to blow potential vinyl funds. ..I'm warming to the idea of adding another unit, whether that should be a hicap olive series to match the amps or a napsc. ..what are your thoughts?