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Re: A messy setup... and I would really want a nDAC!

Jan-Erik Nordoen ·
Hi Luca, I also have the 82/HiCap/250. I went for the nDAC and UnitiServe as an upgrade over my CDS2/XPS. And a substantial upgrade it is! I don't feel any need to move to the Supercap. Yet. I'm confident that you'll hear the difference in your room. I like your diffusors, but for optimal effect you really should train them to sit at the first lateral reflection points. Jan
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Re: A messy setup... and I would really want a nDAC!

Luca Wolff ·
Originally Posted by Jan-Erik Nordoen: Hi Luca, I also have the 82/HiCap/250. I went for the nDAC and UnitiServe as an upgrade over my CDS2/XPS. And a substantial upgrade it is! I don't feel any need to move to the Supercap. Yet. I'm confident that you'll hear the difference in your room. I like your diffusors, but for optimal effect you really should train them to sit at the first lateral reflection points. Jan Ha ha thanks Jan, I will see if I could ask my dealer to lend me a nDAC to try...
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Re: A messy setup... and I would really want a nDAC!

gary yeowell ·
Hi Luca, Before I did anything I would try to separate your boxes so that the 82 is by itself without the Hicap or Dac sat on top and give it all as much space as possible. Gary.
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A messy setup... and I would really want a nDAC!

Luca Wolff ·
Hello everybody, Here's my setup in my tiny living room... 3.5m*3m with loads of furnitures and boxes here and there. There's even not enough room for a coffee table  -_- || I mainly listen through digital sources. As you can see I have...
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hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Weta ·
Hello, I have the following equipment and feel I may have painted myself into a corner with regards to upgrades - Where do I go from here? I am not so concerned with the source components - its the part between source and speakers which has...
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My upgrade route

Steadih ·
Present system ndx, olive nac102 hi cap napsc nap 250 b&w CDM 7. I be been looking to upgrade the amp, pre amp and my friendly store suggests I trade in my olive gear for a new nac 102 nap 200 combination.. I can't help feeling that keeping the Nap 250 and going to a nac 282 would be a better solution- I've never heard a bad word against the 250. My only complaint with my system is at times the bass can be a little boomy and that imaging isn't great ( but isn't that a naim foible anyway?).
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Olive Headline Headphone Questions

Deltaunit ·
I'm thinking about upgrading my headphone setup with an Olive Headline but could really do with knowing some specifications for reassurance before I buy one. I've heard that the headline is best matched with high impedance headphones but also...
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Re: Olive Headline Headphone Questions

shoot6x7 ·
The word on the street is that the black one is the one to have. The Olive had some volume pot issues. Mine is powered by a hicap and drives my GS-1000 Grado's beautifully ...
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Re: Olive Headline Headphone Questions

Bluebeard ·
Olive is fine and 600 ohm is high impedence...I run an olive at home with a 2005 model 300ohm Beyerdynamic DT880 and at work a black headline with either AKG 271mk2 (55 ohm) or Beyer T50p (32 ohm) - both headlines are powered by NAPSC (olive). More than enough prat and driving ability with any of those combos. I prefer the Beyers and AKGs to Sennheisers and Audio Technicas because of their pratfulness and speed. You should be fine with the 240s, but as always try before you buy... regards, Giles
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Deltaunit ·
Thanks Bluebeard, whereabouts on the volume pot is it with the 300 Beyers? Has no-one experience of using a 600 ohm headphone with a headline?
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Re: Olive Headline Headphone Questions

Bluebeard ·
For the Beyers at home 9 o'clock is fine if a little loud, 9.30 is just tolerable and 10 o'clock unbearable...so a fair wack of the volume pot range is still available. At work with the lower resistance AKGs and Beyers its about 9.30, 10 and 10.30 for the same results/effects. regards, Giles
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Re: Olive Headline Headphone Questions

ewemon ·
Personally I am a Senheisser man myself as I have always found Grados to be a love them or hate them set of phones.
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Belinda Raman ·
Maybe you should think about dre beats headphones .
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Re: Olive Headline Headphone Questions

Former Member ·
Hi Deltaunit, I drive two pairs of Sennheiser HD650's from my Headline2 powered by HC DR (using a splitter). The impedance of the HD650 is 300 ohms. There is more than enough juice to power both pairs all day long (I had them burning in for two weeks non stop). I have no direct experience with the original Headline, but I would suggest that your chosen power supply (PS) will play a significant role. The NAPSC is a capable PS but the music sounds much thinner: the bass is looser, the treble...
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

realhifi ·
Originally Posted by Weta: Yes its a strange situation with source. I have a 250CDs which i play about 20% of the time, I always go to the turntable to play about 35/40 albums the other 80%. I assume with a better CD source it would be my first port of call. Seems like a lot of hifi to play 35/40 records and 250 cds. The source is your music (or music that someone lends you or you find in your library or on the internet) and thus is THE crucial piece of your system. I would venture that it...
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Darke Bear ·
If we don't consider the source - as you say then I'd go for a better Pre. Since you are Active already, stay active, as any change to passive will probably be hard now you are used to the immediacy you usually get when active. After you have gone one or two levels up with the pre, then consider other the components - but a better Pre will give more of everything - always get the best Pre you can once you are happy you have a very good source. DB.
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Julian H ·
Source first, next most important is pre-amp. The Naim kit you have, if correctly set-up and in good order is plenty good enough to show quite a fundamental change in source quality. Rega Planar 3 to Valhalla Ittok LP12 was HUGE upgrade with a 102/90 passive for me.
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Weta ·
Thanks for your reply, I think an 82 is probably the next big upgrade from a 102 unless there is something from the new range I should consider, I haven't caught up with all things naim for about 7 years so I'm a bit behind the 8 ball. Although, I will always demo first, what would best practice be ... 82 & highcap? I'm guessing a Flatcap 2 isn't the best option for powering an 82. Cheers Cam
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Julian H ·
You can run an 82 off a Flatcap initially and get a Hicap later but I would not do either behind a Linn Basik and I would not recommend you do either. The 82 is only going to reveal more of the "entry level" source, straight through the open window of an active system. Yuk
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Weta ·
@Julian Yes I agree the sources aren't up to it, but I am less confused about these. I may even drop the turntable and go CDX or such. ( you can probably tell I'm living in the past. - I'll demo the equivalent CD player in the new range when get round to finding out what all this new fangled stuff is like). At the moment its the bits between the source and speakers which is have me most curious as to an upgrade path.
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Julian H ·
I read your previous posting of Micromega Stage 2 Cd (Hardly use CD) to mean vinyl was your main source. Why drop it for something you hardly use. What about playing all your vinyl. For CD, try CD5x, CD5xs, CDX2 as a minimum, CDX might be a bit uncouth with an 82/active 90's.
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Weta ·
Yes its a strange situation with source. I have a 250CDs which i play about 20% of the time, I always go to the turntable to play about 35/40 albums the other 80%. I assume with a better CD source it would be my first port of call.
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Julian H ·
Assuming the CD's contain music you want to listen to, then yes, probably wise.
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Re: hodge podge of Naim Equipment - best way to setup & upgrade

Engelbert ·
Nothing "hodge podge" about your kit. It's very good stuff! Have you a tuner? It makes a great alternative source. Engelbert
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Re: My upgrade route

GraemeH ·
The 102 and, dare I say it, the B&W CDM7 are the weakest links and will combine to give the problems you mention. You might want to try a SN2 with the NDX or the 282 and service the 250 if needed. A replacement for those B&W's might be required if they still don't respond to the better front end. G
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Re: My upgrade route

The Strat (Fender) ·
Urn - difficult I can't comment on your speakers but your system is definitely out of balance. Assuming you don't intend to change the speakers any time soon (if you haven't done so try different positions) I would invest in a 282 and hi cap. After that an XPS2 for the NDX.
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Re: My upgrade route

catalinmetal ·
Originally Posted by The Strat (Fender): Urn - difficult I can't comment on your speakers but your system is definitely out of balance. i just wonder, how can one say that a system is out of balance if one never heard the speakers?
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Re: My upgrade route

Steadih ·
Thanks catalinmetal, I'm new to the forums and didn't want to be the kind of person who asks an opinion and straight away argues with those given. It is hard to be precise as to why I find something lacking with my system, with something well recorded like James Taylor's Gaia, it flies, but it can be unforgiving. There definitely feels as though there is narrow sweet spot for imaging and sound staging isn't ever great, it can sound at times as though there is too much bass, ie the bass level...
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Re: My upgrade route

Steadih ·
Originally Posted by Steadih: Present system ndx, olive nac102 hi cap napsc nap 250 b&w CDM 7. I be been looking to upgrade the amp, pre amp and my friendly store suggests I trade in my olive gear for a new nac 102 nap 200 combination.. I can't help feeling that keeping the Nap 250 and going to a nac 282 would be a better solution- I've never heard a bad word against the 250. My only complaint with my system is at times the bass can be a little boomy and that imaging isn't great ( but...
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Re: My upgrade route

Bert Schurink ·
Speakers I can't comment on, but your front end seems to be part of the problem. Like suggested I would go for an upgrade to the 282 and see if the speakers are still part of the problem then.
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ianrobertm ·
Keep The 250 - keep the 250 - keep the 250 - ! Hope thats clear. Yes, lose the 102 and look at getting an 82 or 282, definitely. I did.
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Re: My upgrade route

Steadih ·
The 250 is definitely staying that was mt feeling from the start - thanks IanIan
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Re: My upgrade route

GraemeH ·
Originally Posted by Steadih: Originally Posted by Steadih: Present system ndx, olive nac102 hi cap napsc nap 250 b&w CDM 7. I be been looking to upgrade the amp, pre amp and my friendly store suggests I trade in my olive gear for a new nac 102 nap 200 combination.. I can't help feeling that keeping the Nap 250 and going to a nac 282 would be a better solution- I've never heard a bad word against the 250. My only complaint with my system is at times the bass can be a little boomy and...
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Re: My upgrade route

yeti42 ·
You don't mention source? Is it a black 250 or earlier? If the latter maybe a 52 and matching ps would make sense, if a 282 is possible that's not much of a stretch.
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Steadih ·
Hi yeti42, my 250 is an olive one and my source a new ndx
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ianrobertm ·
My 250 is really CB, in an Olive case - running from a CDX2 - 82. Problem not, this is.....
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FlatCap XS or Olive/CB HiCap to power Nac 202

Bob the Builder ·
I am in the process of upgrading my preamp from 122x to a 202, I will buy a used Napsc but my question is until I can afford a HiCap DR should I use my FlatCap XS or sell it and buy a used Older kit HiCap?
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Re: FlatCap XS or Olive/CB HiCap to power Nac 202

Simon-in-Suffolk ·
My view is the HiCapDR significantly transforms the 202.. and here it was the DR that made the big difference, especially with the NAPSC connected.
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Re: FlatCap XS or Olive/CB HiCap to power Nac 202

Marksnaim ·
I agree with Simon. I'd keep the FCXS in place until you can afford the HCDR. Half way measures always ending costing more in the long run. I know I've made that mistake a few times. But then I'm impatient.
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Olives vs Uniti

ian1948uk ·
Hi all. Some opinions please. My current system is CDX + NAC 102 + NAPSC 2 + NAP 140 + non Naim + power supply into Credos + Rega Ear 2 headphone amp. I have about 3.5k cds and loads of flac files on a Seagate portable harddrive. I want to keep my cds but am thinking of buying a second hand Uniti 1 that will replace the CDX, NAC 102, NAPSC 2 and Rega Ear 2. Will use NAP 140 and its power supply feeding into my Credos. This allows me to continue playing existing cds and plug in my harddrive...
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Re: Olives vs Uniti

PaulinPosset ·
Having a NAP 140 going spare, curiosity got the better of me so I tried it with the Uniti2 and I did prefer the combination rather than the Uniti2 on its own. Certainly not blind tested and probably just audio nervosa but I liked the combination. I've now replaced the 140 with a NAP200 which has improved things again. Speakers are Royd Minstrels. Having said all that I started from a lower base than your existing set-up so I would try the Uniti before getting rid of your existing kit, just...
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Re: Olives vs Uniti

ian1948uk ·
Thanks for the comments Paulinposset. I'm a novice when it comes to Uniti. I thought that the CD player did what it says; connect an ariel and the Uniti is a tuner and you can set stations and listen to them; connect an iPod and play directly from it. The hard part for me is the harddrive - I imagined that I could plug it into the usb connection and then select tracks from it via the Uniti that would be played by the Uniti without the need for any other kit. Am I wrong about this so that my...
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Re: Olives vs Uniti

Adam Zielinski ·
Nothing will beat separates. Uniti's are OK, but as a one box solution...
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Re: Olives vs Uniti

Former Member ·
+1
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PaulinPosset ·
"I imagined that I could plug it into the usb connection and then select tracks from it via the Uniti that would be played by the Uniti without the need for any other kit. Am I wrong about this so that my harddrive full of flacs is not useable?" You can play files from an Apple iDevice or a USB stick plugged into the front socket but you can't play files from a USB hard drive. The hard drive has to be connected to a networked computer of some sort with uPnP software installed and the Uniti...
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Re: Olives vs Uniti

Huge ·
An alternative that'll give a much better result than using a Uniti is to use a ND5 XS into the NAC 102.
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Antonio1 ·
very good advice, but seems he does want to finance the new unit with the sale of what he has and not to spend money.
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Pev ·
-1 I went from top olive separates to Uniti then Superuniti and I am very happy - streaming means I am listening to more music than ever. I don't miss my CDS2 etc. in the slightest.
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hungryhalibut ·
Three years ago, I sold a CDS2, 82, Hicap, 250 and NAT02 and downsized to a SuperUniti. It was the only one of the Uniti range that came acceptably close to the previous system. At the same time I ripped my 2,000 CDs and put them in the loft. After two years with the SU I moved up to a 272/250 - a sort of Uniti/separates hybrid. My advice would be that you should get the Uniti if you want fewer boxes, but not if you want better sound. You cannot plug your USB drive into the Uniti and play...
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Re: Olives vs Uniti

Bob the Builder ·
You could sell the cdx and buy a used UnitiQute 2 and use it as a source only you would need to rip your cd's but the UQ2 will play from a usb stick or a Nas, you could even sell everything accept the 140 and connect the UQ into that using the Qutes pre amp section. The Qute really is the most versatile piece of hifi of any brand I ever owned and it will enable all sorts of different combinations on its own as an all in one player and as I have already said solely as a source or as source...
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