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Re: Music and Cars through the decades - 25th Feb 2016

benjy ·
First (new car) 1976 toyota corolla lift-back with tandberg fasett speakers "bracketed" in the rear (facing forward) and wire connectors were din type so it could removed. Several different amp/head combos- not sure if I ever did get to one of those "ultimate" alpine combos. Not sure of the year but at one time ferrari offered a car with the steering wheel in the center (maybe it was so they did not need to produce a left and right hand drive version)
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Re: Music and Cars through the decades - 25th Feb 2016

connon price ·
Sounds a fantastic idea and opportunity. Hi-fi and music in a car is as much of the aesthetic and ingrained memory as the auto itself. Had an old Plymouth Valiant (64?) with a tubed a.m. radio in it and single speaker in the dash playing the early 90's alternative Seattle radio station KJET. "Devil Inside", indeed. Also had the opportunity to drive a Bentley on local freeway playing fIREHOSE song "Making the Freeway Safe for the Freeway". Brilliant. Have fun, all. note: what a pain for auto...
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Re: Music and Cars through the decades - 25th Feb 2016

wenger2015 ·
Sounds interesting.......
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Re: naim 5si or naim xs

Iconoclast ·
I agree. At first the 5si will impress with its relentless drive but, in the long run, you may find yourself not enjoying a fair percentage of your music collection. When matched with the right source/speakers the XS2 should give you a better balance and make a wider variety of recordings palatable. Think of it as a racing bike vs a hybrid. Unless you plan on cycling on perfect roads all the time you're probably better off with a good hybrid.
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Re: naim 5si or naim xs

Boaz ·
IMHO You have to try for yourself - As Hard as I tried I couldn't spot the difference between the Two.
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Re: naim 5si or naim xs

Stoik ·
A very nice upgrade over your Audiolab, congrats! One of the nicest feature of the ESS Sabre chips is the quality of their digital volume control, so you may try the X20 in preamp mode and use the Nait 5si as a power amp only (via the AV Bypass mode). Bye.
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dayjay ·
+1, source first
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hancoock2367 ·
which dac for example
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Re: naim 5si or naim xs

dayjay ·
What is your budget?
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hancoock2367 ·
1000 €
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Re: naim 5si or naim xs

Clay Bingham ·
Others will disagree, but I have always thought the XS Naits as price step engineered Naits giving one a bit more refinement at the cost of musical verve when compared to a basic Nait 5 series. That may have made some sense when compared to the original Supernait which was a real snooze absent a HiCap but money can be better spent elsewhere, on sources for example, as noted above. Then, if you must, save for a Supernait 2 I have run my CDS3/XPS2 through my plain jane Nait 5i into Allaes and...
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Re: naim 5si or naim xs

Former Member ·
Agreed
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Re: naim 5si or naim xs

Pyrrhon ·
I'm in doubt with the 5si. I sold mine and saw a lot for sale on used market for the last year. I think It can be a bit too raw and edgy in the long run. The xs gives you a bit rounder sound and the important capacity to use flat caps later on. I think it's a good plan to upgrade. It should remove some edges and sound more controlled. Personally I'd do it.
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Former Member ·
Yes there is diff but IMO you gain more changing to a better DAC You will loose £££ on your Si purchase as this must be rather new
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hancoock2367 ·
I just took the gustard x20 dac DSD GUSTARD Costa de DAC-X20 double ES9018 XMOS program supports DSD DOP 384K
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HiFi Cinema l Festive Music and Movies

NaimAudio ·
"Come for an evening of Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and superb Music and Movie Clips. We will be playing music from Vinyl and Digital Streaming in Studio Master Resolution as part of our celebrations for the festive season. If you have some suitable music you’d like to hear on our system, bring it along! The very best Naim Audio equipment will be the core of our entertainment with the new and absolutely stunning Focal Sopra No2 Loudspeakers and Melco N1-A server. We’ll explain simply how...
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HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

DT79 ·
Please excuse what is bound to be a semi-coherent ramble, but I thought I'd get this 'out-there' in case anyone can bring some perspective to this dilemma that I am unable to. Long story short my source at present is a Sonos ZP90 going via coax into my SN/HC2, to Neat Momentum 3i speakers. Whilst this all sounds very good indeed, especially since sorting out my excessive bass issues, I am aware that my source is not really up to the standard of the rest of the system. The last CD player I...
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naim 5si or naim xs

hancoock2367 ·
Hello, My system hifi is Naim nait 5si kef Ls50 audiolab mdac nac a5. I am very pleased with how it sounds. I found a good opportunity for a naim xs no xs2. the difference if I sell the naim nait 5si and buy 5 xs is little. there is much difference in sound between the two? thanks
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Music and Cars through the decades - 25th Feb 2016

NaimAudio ·
Celebrating great music and great cars through the decades from the 1960’s to the present day, join HiFi Cinema at the HR Owen Bentley Showroom in Pangbourne. Showcasing some of the greatest cars hand-picked by HR Owen and the opportunity to listen to some inspirational music from the last five decades through a Naim Audio system the evening will take you on a musical journey through the years. Starting in the 1960s with the explosion of pop culture, taking in a selection of significant...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Neill Ferguson ·
Interesting thread, I'm in the same boat myself fed up with the whole cinema thing and still want to have a decent sounding system and considering going back to a simple two channel set up. Home cinema just doesn't seem to be going anywhere at present.
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DT79 ·
Neill, whilst I'm not sure I agree that home cinema doesn't seem to be going any where (with new uncompressed sound formats on blu-ray surround sound is better than it's ever been), I do understand the temptation the clean house and get things back to basics with a simple high quality 2 channel set-up. Before you do that though, try what I am trying at the moment: disconnect front and centre speakers from your AV amp, send the front L&R pre-outs from your AV amp to the AV input on your...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

GerryMcg ·
Originally Posted by DT79: The best way of doing it would obviously to try and get hold of an AV2 and naim power amps for the rear/centre channels and matching speakers all round. Indeed, I have my AV system integrated with my active SL2 system, and would not separate them. I use AV2/Nap175 and Axess front speaker. I am not sure that I would bother to watch many films without 5.1, (I inadvertently did this for a few films and it ruined the films for me and also my wife!.) it's half the...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

rackkit ·
What Gerry said. An AV2/Nap 175 (for centre & rear), is a neat little solution. Add it to your S/N and way you go! Some used bargains out there too on that combo at the moment too.
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

tonym ·
If you really enjoy movies then a high-quality, properly set up and correctly matched surround sound system is a significant improvement over a stereo arrangement. I certainly wouldn't contemplate doing away with mine. On the visual side, a large display is also pretty essential for the proper home cinema experience. I use a projector whose screen rolls out of the way when not in use. It's an expensive exercise, can be domestically intrusive, can take a while to get right and it won't sound...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Darke Bear ·
Tony does have an excellent installation - a roll-down screen does solve an important aspect of the intrusiveness (for me) of AV in the room, if you have the room to sport it, which Tony has. DB.
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

totemphile ·
Originally Posted by DT79: Has anyone compared a computer or Sonos via SN DAC to a CDX2 and is able to give their findings on relative sound quality...? I did a quick comparison once, ripped a classical CD (Deutsche Grammophon, so a good recording) using Windows Media Player and saved it locally on the HDD of my old HP Compaq laptop, I then used my ZP90 to feed it via Naim DC1 into the RCA dig in of my SuperNait. That evening I was not able to differentiate between the WAV file being served...
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DT79 ·
Totemphile - thanks for your reply - very encouraging to hear that you have done the very comparison that I was looking for and found little/no difference. Saves a lot of potential time, effort and money finding out for myself! Good advice about the honeymoon! What i'm doing is selling some stuff i don't need anymore and making a small start on an upgrade fund... Cheers!
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totemphile ·
You are very welcome. I would just like to add that this does not mean there are/were no differences though, just that I could not make them out that evening. There are some very trained ears here on this forum and the perception of those people for example might have been quite different. The point I wanted to make was that the difference, if any, was too small for me to worry about and that I was mighty impressed with the potential of that combination Sonos into SuperNait DAC. The quality...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

DT79 ·
Cheers TP I'm using almost exclusively uncompressed AIFF files and I too find that the sound quality does vary a lot depending on the production quality of the recording, but at it's best I feel it does sound absolutely stunning. I guess I started off on this whole train of thought by the nagging worry that I couldn't be doing justice to my system with a £280 source. To be honest I don't think I have the most highly trained ears in world, so If nothing else I can be satisfied that If there...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Darke Bear ·
In your case, from what you say, go for the nDAC fed from a digital feed from a non-computer (preferably Naim) source. I've never heard good results from the DAC fed directly from a computer; it seems to inject too much jitter and RF noise for the DAC to successfully eliminate. I'd also seperate the HiFi/Music experience from the Movie/TV one; they are different and although I ran my system for several years that way, both the music and the way I use my time has benefitted from seperating...
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JBGood ·
Post marriage, the wife is more likely to want new furniture than Fraim....
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Joakim Juhl ·
DB, how did you merge your music and movie system, and what seemed to be problematic? My thinking is that a good two channel setup should be ideal for the front left to right sound and then just use the surround reciever to take care of the rear channels and sub if needed. -A bit like the old AV1 approach but with a current surround reciever instead. cheers,
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Darke Bear ·
Originally Posted by Joakim Juhl: DB, how did you merge your music and movie system, and what seemed to be problematic? My thinking is that a good two channel setup should be ideal for the front left to right sound and then just use the surround reciever to take care of the rear channels and sub if needed. -A bit like the old AV1 approach but with a current surround reciever instead. I have an AV2 and used that as part of the system with a 42" Plasma TV. The AV aspect of the combined system...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Joakim Juhl ·
Thanks DB, I see your point. If the AV parts screws with the appreciation of music it makes little sense to integrate music and movie systems. But if space and funds are limited it should be possible to make a sensible implementation. I too prefer how a set of stereo speakers can recreate an acoustic environment in front of you opposed to the effect of including a center speaker when watching movies. I have actually come across many AV systems where the inclusion of a center speaker degraded...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

DT79 ·
Having thought long and hard I've decided that i don't want to get rid of home cinema. I'd just end up wanting to buy it all again in 6 months time. My fiance's relief was palpable when I mentioned this earlier. What I've decided to do thanks to the wise advice of you all is save up (probably very gradually in the circumstances) and buy an nDAC to enhance my Sonos, or any other streaming source down the line (haven't mentioned that part to her yet...). As for the convergence of hifi and home...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Andrew Graves ·
Originally Posted by Darke Bear: In your case, from what you say, go for the nDAC fed from a digital feed from a non-computer (preferably Naim) source. I've never heard good results from the DAC fed directly from a computer; it seems to inject too much jitter and RF noise for the DAC to successfully eliminate. I'd also seperate the HiFi/Music experience from the Movie/TV one; they are different and although I ran my system for several years that way, both the music and the way I use my time...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Joakim Juhl ·
haven´t done the comparison you mention. That said the CDX2 should be the natural partner to your SN, but If it were me I´d save up a little more and go for the nDac instead. Regarding home cinema, I have very good experience using high quality 2 ch instead of surround, but why not merge the systems and save space and money? -If you sell the expensive reciever buy a cheaper one, find another home for the front end speakers of the cinema and use your SN/neat´s as front end instead (should be...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Rich27 ·
It sounds as if you are not keen to go back to cd's so another thought would be a second hand or ex dem nDAC. You could probably pick up one of these for about the same cost as a second hand CDX2 (one sold on a well known auction site for around £1,400 last week). Using the Sonos this would give you excellent sound quality, probably not up to CDX2 standard but much, much better than the dac in the SN. You could then add a CD5XS as funds allow in the future if cd was important to you. You may...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Former Member ·
DT79, I know from personal experience how easy it is to get totally tied up in knots over issues like this - and this can lead to expensive mistakes. I have often found that in these circumstances the best course of action is simply to do nothing. This can be difficult, because you are eager to make a decision - but often I have found that leaving things for a while can add much needed perspective. You may well find that in the fullness of time the best course of action just becomes obvious,...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Hook ·
Hi DT79 - +1 to the nDAC recommendations...after the wedding...and with the concurrence of the new boss! Dude, seriously, focus on your nuptials, and worry about the hi-fi later. I hope your wedding goes well, but even more, I hope it is the beginning of many decades of perfect partnership. Why not get it started on the right foot! ATB. Hook PS - Next month is our 30th, and the Mrs. and I still reminisce about that crazy, wonderful day...like it was yesterday. Not surprisingly, I have only...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

DT79 ·
Thanks for the replies everyone. Some good suggestions there. Peter - what you say makes real sense - rushing in to anything is probably going to end up in tears, or a lot more money being spent in the long run. Joakim, Rich - perhaps the nDAC is a better long term option.... I guess the best thing is possibly to try to squirrel some extra cash away on the side and demo a Sonos/nDAC against the Sonos/SN DAC when I've saved up enough.
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

heihei ·
Hmmmm....I started off with the idea of using a Sonos ZP90 into a Supernait and a nice pair of speakers. Have ended up getting a full system of UnitiServe / nDAC / 202 / 200 / HiCap / NAPSC and Ovator S-600's!! Thankfully all blessed by my wife!!
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stuart ·
Hi DT79 You are a braver man than me to consider dipping into the wedding fund. Like you I have just dismantled my av kit and large rack - much to my wifes delight. so far I have not missed it but have not watched many films recently. Lounge looks much better and in doing so I have been able to move my kit to the side of the speakers and install a mains spur so music has definitely improved. As others suggest I would not rush into anything yet. I am considering the ndac in the future to...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

JBGood ·
How many of us can relate to this post... Another vote here for a good DAC. If you decide you must have a great CDP, your timing is good as they are not holding their value well on the used market at all. This would work out well for you. You mention a wedding... and finances. Are you sure this is the time to be making hifi upgrades/purchases? JB
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

DT79 ·
OK - I decided that I shouldn't dismiss the idea of bringing my home cinema and hifi systems together just based on my previous experience, so tonight I've been playing. I've linked the front L&R pre-outs of my AV amp to the aux input on my SN and engaged unity gain mode, disconnected centre speaker and re-run the set-up routine on the AV amp, which correctly identified that there was no centre speaker and mixed the channel in with the front L&R. I had a bit tweaking of levels to do...
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Re: HiFi Vs home cinema dilemma

Joakim Juhl ·
You´re welcome DT79, just glad to be of any help . After all thats why we like to `hang around´ in here, picking up and sharing things down the road. Keep us posted on how you and/or the new system set up gets adjusted as things settles. Have a splendid wedding, cheers, Joakim
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Naim DAC v1 and a Linn Majik DSM?

Mixel ·
Hi! I'm new to the realm of nice Hifi stuff so excuse my ignorance.. I recently inherited a Naim DAC v1 and use it on my computers in my studio/game room. I don't have an amp so I plugged my old Harmon Kardon Soundsticks (the ones where the subwoofer looks like an obese jellyfish) into its headphone socket - this gave a huge noticeable boost to sound quality compared to inbuilt sound.. And I've loved the properties of the sound. Anyway, I just discovered I'm also inheriting a Linn Majik DSM...
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Naim NAC 92 and NAP 90 basic questions

AndyDandy ·
I've been recently given by my father an old Naim Audio NAC92 preamp and NAP90 amp which he bought in the 1990's. The trouble is that I'm having difficulties understanding how to use it. I've looked up manuals and have read many forum posts regarding this amp combo, but being somewhat ignorant to how HiFi works, I really struggle to understand any of what manuals and people say. I would say my biggest issue is how to hook up multiple outputs to the Naim NAC92 preamp. I currently have 1...
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Re: Naim NAC 92 and NAP 90 basic questions

Richard Dane ·
A headphone amp uses one of the Tape in/outs - these are on 180 DIN5 so you need an appropriate tape lead (Din5-4 x RCA phono). The 240 Din5 with the link plug is an upgrade socket to allow use of a dedicated power supply such as a flatcap for the nac92 preamp.
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Re: Naim NAC 92 and NAP 90 basic questions

AndyDandy ·
Could you please explain to me how tape in/outs work? Also, how does a 4 cable rca/phono cable work (compared to a standard white + red one)?
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