I’m considering three options for a new receiver to connect to a 500 series system with DBLs.
Have any of you compared some of these?
What is best suitable to a naim-sound fan?
Many say the Denon is not in the league (although it’s the only one built in Japan and not in China).
The NAD has DIRAC which seems to be the best system before lyngdorf and trinnov.
I have heard Anthem twice 720 and 740 but with poor speakers (klipsch etc.) it sounded very bright and not to my taste.
I use an ARCAM 550 AVR receiver into a Naim 252/300. Works fine; like Dirac for room correction. I suspect that any decent AVR should work for you. The ARCAM is engineered in the UK, and built in Vietnam at least for now. The advantages of doing this are a) Naim quality 2 channel sound without compromise, and b) can use two main speakers supplemented by surrounds for multichannel without a lot of moving wires around.
I have an Arcam AVR850 hooked up to my NAC552DR/NAP300. Sounds very good. I am using cables from Fastback to take the front L/R speakers into a unity gain input on the 552. (Speakers are Naim n-System)
If you want to ensure the most even sound all round, go for a pair of main speakers that have a matching centre, and satellites in the range where all are somewhat affordable. You can also do something like use a very good Receiver for processing only (like a Denon or Yamaha) and locate second hand Naim amps for the other channels like a bunch of NAP100 or NAP150.
Cohesion is key for surround. I’d strongly advocate keeping all speakers within the same range and amplification the same. If the main stereo speakers are of a different class than you want to spend for centre and rears, a separate stereo and AV system that share no speakers and no amps might be preferable.
If neither of those routes is appealing (too expensive or too many speakers), I’d honestly just go for stereo only rather than Frankensurround.
I confirm 100%. I had a hard time finding an Ovator full naim kit in my home theater system
one pair of S600 and three pairs of S400, now I’m in heaven. Krell hts pre-amplifier 7.1
Next update, when the wallet will allow it: nap 300 + nap 250 x 3
I would like to hook up here.
Need a new controller for AV. I currently use an older onkyo avr with pre out to nac 52/135 for front and 175 for center and rear. I only need 5.1.
Loudspeaker are SBL for front - audio physics center and valeur point one for rear. All very similar in the sound.
Would like to replace the onkyo with a nice controller.
Which one will suit the „Naim sound“
anthem avm 70
Would very much like to have it not so much complicated. What I read about dirac sounds like you need a phd at dirac university.
The ARC system looks more easy to me.
Another vote for Arcam - I use the AVR550. I listened to the Anthem when I bought mine and if I were buying now, I would go for this. The Arcam is great, and if you can find a second hand one, that would be a great option. I believe the new replacement has a weaker reputation.