Hicap , how does it do it’s job.?

Yes, you could use the output sockets to facilitate passive bi-amping. However, any benefits of passive bi-amping are likely marginal compared to upping the ante by utilising the extra expense differently - say, instead putting it towards the source, pre-amp or even just a better power amp.

Of course, active bi-amping is something else entirely…

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Hello I was asking for further advice from all of you who consider experts much more than me.
Remaining in the XS series it is better to connect to Harbet HLP3 ESR 84 db speakers of sensitivity XS2 70 w per channel or the separate pre and final Nac 152 XS and Nap 155 XS which has as power 60 w per channel. The two separate frames cost more than the integrated XS3.
In your opinion, as a musical quality, the sound is better than that of the integrated or that of the two separate frames, albeit entry-level.

Morning @marco1 , I had a NAIT XS with my CD5XS. I replaced the Nait with a NAC152XS and NAP155XS. This superb combination was a good improvement, showing exactly what Naim do best, according to their long established principles.

With both amplifiers there was a FCXS. When used with the NAC152XS, it was only used on upgrade 1.

I then bought a pair of speakers (see profile) with a similar spec to yours. A NAP200DR followed to fantastic effect. The DR really lifts the preamp. The FCXS is still only on upgrade 1. I’ve rambled but I think I answered your question in my third sentence.


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If a Stageline is connected to the Aux input of a Nait, and the Nait has a HiCap, does this mean that the Stageline is also getting its power from the HiCap?

The Stageline benefits but it’s not quite the same as a dedicated HICAP on the Stageline as the HICAP powers the NAIT’s pre-amp which also includes the AUX2 powering the Stageline.

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@Richard.Dane I know the discussion of non Naim power sources is strictly verboten. What about the complete reverse scenario?

I ask because quite a few turntables take 24v DC in. I can’t be the only person looking at my spare HCdr and my 24v turntable thinking this.

There are probably some potential issues using a Naim power supply on something for which it was not designed. If the Naim power supply caused damage or vice versa.


So paraphrasing, don’t ask; don’t tell; don’t go whining to anyone if you do it and it ends in tears.

Definitely wouldn’t risk damaging a DR module as not sure it would be quite as robust as a 317 (maybe but we don’t know). Even a 317 isn’t able to handle certain conditions- especially where there’s a possibility of a back kick from something (like a motor for instance).

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