This is my first post – no doubt there is some discussion of this on your site. But there are 100’s of posts and I’ve had trouble locating one string that answers my questions.
I apologize if these issues have already been addressed and if so would appreciate it if you would direct me to the location on your site…
I just bought an XS-2 integrated. My speakers are Harbeth P3ESR monitors. I’ve had the Naim a couple of days – have left it on 24x7.
I’m very much disappointed with the sound.
It lacks bass, is “squeezed” --the opposite of airy and engaging, has little soundstage, is hard/harsh in the treble. It’s better at higher than lower volumes but I tend to listen at low volume.
Does this sound like a problem with “burn in?” If so, might you have any tips about the best way to accelerate the time it takes before it will perform as expected. Is it better to play certain sorts of music/sources/volumes and etc.?
I can return the unit to the store I bought it at for. refund within the next few weeks. What would you recommend?
To put in context, did you audition in the shop with thoes speakers, and doesn’t sound right now back home, or did you have a system at home that worked and you’ve bought the XS-2 as an upgrade only assessing in the shop with different speakers?
Respectfully, if you don’t find the sound involving now it isn’t going to change massively going forwards. Yes it will evolve as temperatures stabilise and components settle but this is subtle - the essential characteristics won’t change.
It should work very fine, with a wonderful midrange. The bass must be shortened because the ps3 are little monitors.
Hard/ harsh should not be present after 100 hours.
So I suspect a problem with perhaps a default of one component or not right speakers cables for the combo.
Using SA8 amp plugs with the correct solder and correct soldering is critical to getting the most from your naim amp. i reccommend having them pro soldered by an experienced naim dealer althoug they can be difficult to find. Pete at Cymbiosis did an amazing job with mine and i reccommend him for the soldering.
Otherwise system optimization can also hugely affect SQ both positvely and negatively together with speaker isolation and positioning.
I really appreciate so many of you taking the time to respond to my questions. Along with everything else ( good and bad) the NET enables instant communication for people in need of advice and expertise. Your forum seems to be particularly great in this regard!
I have a 12 year old Musical Fidelity hybrid integrated (50 Watts, but also “high current.”)
It sounds great with my Harbeths – but I got the “bug,” as they say – heard some Naims in stores with my speakers and with others and I was hooked. I found a great buy on the xs2 cause of the xs3 recently introduced and snagged it – the store accepts returns for refund within 30 days.
I love my Harbeths and have a REL sub to give them some additional bass. I’ve had many other much bigger speakers but have never missed any of them. The mid-range is incredible! I’m guessing I feel about the Harbeths the way you do about Naims…
I use Van Den Hull wires. I asked the Naim dealer about the wires; he checked the specs and he assured me that the wires should be pretty good – not perhaps as good as the Naims but good nonetheless.
So that’s where I stand, at present. I 'm very impressed by the build quality of the Naim and do hear a purity of sound that’s impressive. I’ll keep burning the unit in at least another week or so-- if there isn’t much of a change then I think I’ll just return it.