Nova Running in

Hi all

I picked up my Nova at the weekend and really rate the unit. However the sound seems to of lost its spark and does not sound anywhere near as good as it did for the first few hours after I got it. I am hoping this is a symptom of running in, as it is a little daunting being that it now sounds on par with the Unitiqute2 it replaces!

Any advise?


Many thanks


NDX/Supernait2, Kef R500’s

Original Post

Worth checking your connections to make sure everything is still plugged in properly, and there are no faulty solder joints etc. I would try disconnecting and reconnecting everything, just to be sure. Also, it could be a mains issue - maybe you or a neighbour has a dodgy SMPS, heating pump, or something.

If it doesn't improve talk to your dealer. I don't think this is a running in issue - if it can't improve on a Unitiqute something is not right.

Callas01 posted:

Popeye, I got my Star this weekend too after having a Uniti2 for the past 2.5+ yrs. when I first connected the Star it sounded great, but the past 2 days it’s sounded very warm and missing top-end sparkle, is this kinda what you’re hearing? 

Yes, exactly the same and the soundstage has dropped off.

I have left mine running for the first time while at work and will monitor.

Mine sounded fine out of the box and has steadily improved with no lessening of quality at any stage. In fact after having it a couple of months it recently seems to have progressed to another level.

Having said that I do leave mine on standby as recommended - if you have yours turned off most of the time that could be a factor but I suspect there is some kind of problem somewhere in your system.

Sorry if this is too obvious I find that my stress levels, the state of my sinuses, variations of background noise, whether the curtains are shut or not, etc etc can all make a difference and are difficult control between one listening session and the next. Longwinded way of saying, I'd not worry about it and see how it is next week.  

So.... update, phoned technical today for two reasons, one being the sound and 2nd being my album artwork stoped working.

Having spoken to Richard he suggested killing the power completely and seeing if this sorted the artwork. Well it did and it has most definitely also sorted the sound of the Nova to how I first experienced it!  No reason why it should, but it definitely has!

Long may it last!!! 🙂

Good to hear, my Nova still has the odd funny turn (not sound) today I tapped to fwd to the next track and app meltdown and Nova.

I managed to put it into standby we where having dinner and almost 15 minutes later it powers back on and starts playing the track I was trying to fwd to.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and the New Year has started well.  Popeye, I was wondering if the Nova was still performing well or if the issue you were having had returned?  I’m nearly three weeks in with the Nova and have experienced a similar “drop off” in top end sparkle.

Hi all. Just to inform but my nova was replaced under warranty today as my unit was doing all sorts of odd things in the end.

Art work freezing and only changing following a full power off.

Music would be playing then stop all of a sudden and the unit would be showing the loading bar across the bottom with the initial boot up screen that is viewed on initial switch on. (Happened twice).

And the final thing that was the icing on the cake and most worrying, a couple of days ago listening to music, a crackle came from the right channel and then no sound from that channel. Turned unit off and waited 30sec then powered up and back to normal.

New unit hooked up this evening and sound quality is much better without a shadow of a doubt!

Not a great start with the new lineup! And looks like I got the Friday one! 



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