Introducing myself

TallGuy posted:

Well it looks as though you've passed the music tests   And there's nothing wrong with A Momentary Lapse of Reason, except that it's a "bit eighties" Last album I bought before going to university.

Thanks for taking the time to let us know you're here/there and entering into conversation with the forum. Welcome.

There is a subtle bit of age-checking here, Kevin-W has been known to claim Ummagumma and the '68-'71 era as Floyd's best work, being a few years younger than Kev I challenge him on behalf of Wish You Were Here and that era, AMLOR is for the next generation again. 

Hi Charlie,

I really appreciate the fact that you did much more than inserting a few pre written words as an introduction. To enter the dialogue with the forum members the way you did makes me feel like the future of Naim is in good hand.

Talk Talk as one of your favorites groups adds to this .

Greetings from Germany!

Hélène posted:

Hi Charlie and welcome to Naim,

I am from Montreal, Canada and 4 years ago I knew nothing about sound systems and Naim. Went to a dealer to buy a TV who was selling Naim products. Started with a DAC and now I am in the 500 series, with amp, preamp ect. Got hooked very early and very fast. Now, I read a lot about the 555 streamer ( I have an NDS with a 555PS on it) but just cannot imagine how it could be so much better, waiting for a sample to come in the store to listen to it. Can this prodcut really be NIrvana vs an NDS??  thanks for your feedback

 

Bonjour Hélène, what a great story! I'm going to be biased but I know the R&D team worked fanatically to create an even more musical streamer than the NDS, with advances like putting digital circuits within their own Faraday cage, fine tuning the precise timing accuracy of the digital audio entering the DAC chip, the use of numerous ultra quiet DR regulators, optimising wiring, and then months of tuning work in our listening room. I think you'll like it!

Worth a read of what others here think perhaps too: https://forums.naimaudio.com/topic/nd555-impressions

Cheers
Charlie

Hi Charlie

Just in case you missed it - there was a competition for a full statement system (and cables of course.)This was just before you started. Could you get it to Northern Ireland by Christmas please!!

 

Good luck with the new job.

Many thanks

 

Peter

petzhou posted:

Hi Charlie

Just in case you missed it - there was a competition for a full statement system (and cables of course.)This was just before you started. Could you get it to Northern Ireland by Christmas please!!

 

Good luck with the new job.

Many thanks

 

Peter

nice try

thanks for the welcome

charlie

Eoink posted:

There is a subtle bit of age-checking here, Kevin-W has been known to claim Ummagumma and the '68-'71 era as Floyd's best work, being a few years younger than Kev I challenge him on behalf of Wish You Were Here and that era, AMLOR is for the next generation again. 

Cheek! I am only 56 - the first PF album I had was WYWH (Xmas 1976, when I was 14). The first one I bought was DSOTM in about February '77. As pocket money was scarce in them days, my mate Chris bought Animals at the same time, then we swapped.

Ummagumma still rules though.

Welcome @Charlie Henderson

I'm a long time U.S. fan since the 80s when I worked for a Linn/Naim dealer (as bookkeeper & classical/jazz record buyer) when he hooked me up with some Naim seconds from Audiophile Systems to assemble a LP12/42.5/HC/140/Sara system for me. I've since graduated to the new classics with a 282/HCDR/250DR + ND5-XS and a very nice Clearaudio/Herron analog front end and REL/Dynaudio.

I'm afraid that other than the Pink Floyd I have no idea of what your other favorites sound like, but it's all good. I listen to acoustic jazz and classical and the last thing I played on my system is Vaughn-Williams "London Symphony" with Sir Adrian Boult/LPO.

Looking forward to your support for our love of music and what plays it back the best.

A warm welcome onboard Charlie, I look forward to seeing a Naim enthusiast take the helm and I hope to see Naim retaining their grass roots and growing.

 

Naim Audio is all about the music, in order that we all may get to know you more, can I ask what's your system and who are your musical influences?

 

Kind regards

 

PB

Welcome Charlie from sunny (make that rainy and miserable) Jersey. I very much approve of the way you introduced yourself to forum members. Too often now these things are done behind a faceless press release, but you have done it in a very human way which I am sure will have endeared you to everyone here. Hopefully that will continue for many years to come as we all enjoy a little Naim in our lives everyday. There are always grumbles along the way, as highlighted above, but, although it may sometimes take more time and cost more money, solutions are generally found. Your friendly participation also gives me comfort that Naim won’t do a Linn and shut down the forum any day soon.

After your Pink Floyd reference I just put on A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Have not heard it for years and was blown away by what my new NDX2 did with it. Now off to find some more ‘forgotten’ albums.

Good luck with the new role.

Crispy

Welcome from New York - I am a Naim owner since approximately 1982- after trying many American hifi brands. I still have my all Olive system and use Focal loudspeakers. 

As new MD of Naim, will you work closely, or at all, with Focal? 

David 

Can I echo .. echo...echo... the welcomes. No doubt by now you are aware of how serious some of us are about music and love/loyalty/affiliation to Naim.

But as Chrissie sang............ there's a thin line between love and hate................ and a lot of us here do show some bipolar tendencies when it comes to Naim.

Never easy to please everyone but honesty does help smooth over some of the bumps on the road ...........

big shoes, may I wish you the very best of luck in trying to fill them

.sjb

 

Congratulations Charlie from chilly Minnesota!  

Have only been a Naim customer for about ten years, a rookie compared to some here.  But I will say this:  despite having a great dealer with an excellent distributor, I doubt I would have invested so much in Naim without the support and comraderie found here on this forum. Much of that comes down to the steady hand of your moderator, Mr. Dane.  Long may it continue!

Best of luck with leading Naim going forward!

A very warm welcome!
As you list "Talk Talk" as a favourite of yours, I instantly like you.
I bought my Naim NBL speakers from a previous Naim MD.
Plus, he organised an "employee built" Nait 3R for me, which I bought on behalf of my brother.
Do you happen to have any lightly used Statement amps or a lightly used ND555 you'd like to pass my way? ;-)

Hi Charlie - Another very warm welcome here, and thanks for your support of the Naim Forum! This is an extremely valuable resource for our world-wide Naim community, and the extraordinary efforts of Richard Dane, (as well as the Naim support staff) to keep it going at such a high standard are much appreciated. Needless-to-say, I wish you and the company every success for the future. Kind regards - Bob Burgess

Congratulations and good luck. Hope NAIM is able to keep ahold of everything that makes it special in this rapidly changing world. Have 2 Naim systems, really have helped me enjoy music and Hi-Fi again.. Love streaming, but it still does not have the Vinyl magic - hope that NAIM in the future still focuses on both.. I feel Linn have kind of lost their way and become Hi-Fi jewelry, hope NAIM can keep the passion..

Bill

 

Welcome Charlie

Wishing you all the best in your new position.

A point if I may:

I've owned a reasonable amount of Naim kit over the years (never going too expensive- the CB Nait 2 being a particular favourite) and have settled on an Atom as it fits my needs perfectly. My point is that the sound is great but to draw in more customers the UI needs to be a better experience as more people move away from the physical formats. No file icons but album art and artist photos (not everyone wishes to invest in Roon). This is where you will draw in more satisfied customers I believe. 

Have a wonderful time. 

Neil

Charlie,

Congratulations to landing a great job!

Need a product tip? How about bringing back the Naim SBL as an integrated active speaker (like ATC.s or Linn).  Reducing box-count and freeing floorspace (SBL.:s go near the wall). Think about it :-)

Jan - from Sweden

 

Polarbear posted:

A warm welcome onboard Charlie, I look forward to seeing a Naim enthusiast take the helm and I hope to see Naim retaining their grass roots and growing.

 

Naim Audio is all about the music, in order that we all may get to know you more, can I ask what's your system and who are your musical influences?

 

Kind regards

 

PB

Hi, just planning out my system now that I can chat direct to the experts here everyday,... 🙂

As for musical influences, growing up it was Prince in a big way, even more folksy stuff like All About Eve and 10,000 Maniacs, and The Cult and New Model Army. Mentioned a few of my other favourites in another post, but need to add in The The too. All in all a bit of a mixture!

Nowadays it's my kids, love hearing what they listen to, and getting them to appreciate some of the classics from my generation.

Charlie Henderson posted:
Polarbear posted:

A warm welcome onboard Charlie, I look forward to seeing a Naim enthusiast take the helm and I hope to see Naim retaining their grass roots and growing.

 

Naim Audio is all about the music, in order that we all may get to know you more, can I ask what's your system and who are your musical influences?

 

Kind regards

 

PB

Hi, just planning out my system now that I can chat direct to the experts here everyday,... 🙂

As for musical influences, growing up it was Prince in a big way, even more folksy stuff like All About Eve and 10,000 Maniacs, and The Cult and New Model Army. Mentioned a few of my other favourites in another post, but need to add in The The too. All in all a bit of a mixture!

Nowadays it's my kids, love hearing what they listen to, and getting them to appreciate some of the classics from my generation.

Welcome Charlie

Can you tell us about your home system?

Phil

davidf posted:

Welcome from New York - I am a Naim owner since approximately 1982- after trying many American hifi brands. I still have my all Olive system and use Focal loudspeakers. 

As new MD of Naim, will you work closely, or at all, with Focal? 

David 

Hi David, absolutely! We're all part of the same family, and in my role I also manage the Focal UK business working alongside our colleagues at Focal in France. We put a lot of effort into optimising the audio quality between the two systems to bring the very best combined experience.

Charlie, as a thought. Before you become an expert in all things Naim. Can you look into the lack of no full manual with even the ND555. Is the support page sufficient for you? Or as the UnitiStar customer would you have liked a manual or even a pdf manual to download. I can buy kit for a few hundred pounds or even a kettle from Aldi and get a manual?

Charlie

Welcome to the machine, so to speak!

I was fortunate enough to be included in the group invited along to see the new digital products, ND555 etc earlier this year.  One of the interesting/ challenging observations I took away from what was a fantastic day at Naim HQ was perhaps highlighted by Nigel in his post above.  From the visitor group, there was a significant chasm which opened up when we were presented with a pair of large Focal speakers hooked up to the new Naim products.  Interesting opinions were expressed about the speakers, when ideally all focus should have been on the Naim!  With your new position straddling both Naim and Focal in UK, I'd suggest some customer clinics to try to establish why Focal is so unappreciated by some Naim forumites - there should be some very informed and valuable feedback freely available to help with Focal speaker product development or at least understand what some people perceive as holding them back.  It would be great to see one happy family in this regard.  Mind you, Naim speakers in themselves generated many opinions !!

Best of luck with with your new Naim adventure.

Peter

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