List of speakers heard with Nait / Nait 2

It’s always a challenge to find speakers to match the Nait and Nait 2.

Thought it might be useful to pool our experience into thread that can be referenced next time someone asks. It would be good to have multiple comments per model since our opinions will no doubt differ.

  • Audio Note AX-2 - Easy for Nait to drive. Lovely midrange on easy listening/songbook material. Doesn’t carry much of a tune or particularly boogie
  • Audio Note AN-K - Very easy to drive and play loud. Lots of deep bass and very nice midrange. Treble stood out at times, distracting from the music. Presentation/balance is a better match with Audio Note’s own amplifiers. Dealer dem so never heard at home. Expensive but nice finish
  • Elac Debut 2.0 b6.2 - Nice sound with some bass. Slightly warm/forgiving presentation. Not particularly tuneful or rhythmic but very good value (£300 new)
  • Epos ES14 - on the end of Xerxes/RB300/K9/Nait, it was a lovely combination, lots of drive and energy, very musical, I listened to a lot of music on that system
  • Diesis Solitaire - On the end of my NAIT 2, it’s too long ago for me to recall exactly how it all performed, but it certainly didn’t seem lacking and outperformed a few other well regarded amps on these speakers
  • Graham LS3/5 - Great bass, definition, imaging. No issues driving them with Nait 1
  • Jean Marie Reynaud Twin - Fantastic combo, tuneful, emotionally involving, good timbre and bass. Not as snappy as Kans but much easier to live with in a bigger room and not quite as source critical. Will still reveal a bad front end though!
  • KEF 101 / 103.2 / 105 - KEF 101 was a BBC monitor design; flat response from 60hz to 20k. The 103.2 had an eight inch woofer and is still considered one of the most beautiful speakers ever made. The 105 was a trash can sized monster with an extra horn, and total separation of the components into separate sub enclosures. Amazing detail and soundstage. I heard Tull “Songs from the wood” on those through a Naim separates setup plus a Linn LP12. Great speaks!
  • Klipsch R15-M - Easy for Nait to drive. Nice treble/midrange as I recall but don’t remember much else. Kans left them for dust in terms of rhythm/timing/coherence
  • Kudos 606 - Very musical
  • Linn Index 1 - My roommate enjoyed this very much especially with rock music. This combination can cover most kinds of music.
  • Linn Kan 1 - Superb rhythm/timing/resolution/tunefulness. Requires solid rear wall. Limited bass so best used in a small room. Peaky upper mids that may annoy on some material. Age and tired drive units are a concern. Can struggle to come alive at lower volume, especially with mm stage and 33 rpm vinyl. Very much voiced for vinyl source, especially pre-Cirkus LP12. Tried 3 main combinations of Scanspeak, Hiquphon and KEF drivers
  • Linn Kan 2 - Less peaky / better-balanced version of above but with less life and fun
  • Linn Kan 2 (Kustone) - Quite boring compared to Kan 1s - perhaps just a bad pair
  • Linn Keilidh (with upgraded bases) - Plenty of bass, tuneful, fun, great rhythm but sounds quite ‘shut-in’ and muffled even with more transparent Nait 1. Lacks midrange resolution/insight and treble refinement but still good VFM in the right setup/room (~£250). Later version with 3-bar tweeter is supposed to have better top end. Sealed cabinet design
  • Linn Tukan - Same size as Kan but softer/warmer/more refined sound that will better suit some bright or digital sources/rooms - doesn’t have Kan timing/resolution/excitement but still tuneful and more forgiving of source. Works close to rear wall despite rear port. Largely forgotten and underestimated and therefore great VFM (~£150)
  • Linn Katan - OK. Tuneful, decent resolution and some bass but they struggle to really come alive. Something uninspiring or not quite right with pairing
  • Linn Majik 109 - Quite a weird sound - not a good match
  • Linn Majik 140 (with upgraded bases and 2db bass cut) - Passable but nothing special. Tuneful, can boogie a bit and has a decent amount of bass but ultimately a bit boring
  • Monitor Audio R252 - Clean tight bass (sealed box) easy to drive, fun sound, but not the last word in clarity or refinement as can be a little strident on some recordings. Very easy to place though. Cheap on the used market and an alternative to Heybrook HB1s
  • Monitor Audio R352 - Slightly warm full sound but a little lumpy one-note bass, easy to drive, great fun, decent dynamic range but not the last word in clarity as per the R252, but a little smoother than the 252. Very easy to place. Cheap on the used market, but do seem to be going up in value of late.
  • Naim IBL - Superb rhythm/timing/resolution. Requires solid rear wall. Limited bass so best used in a small room. Some will find Kans more tuneful/coherent but less neutral
  • Naim SBL Mk 2 - Superb rhythm/timing/resolution. Also good levels of refinement. Requires solid rear wall and top source. Can be a bit frenetic so some may find them best partnered with lazier pre/powers. Great VFM for this level of sound quality (~£500)
  • Naim SL2 - With a top class source this combination can work beautifully
  • Naim SL2 / Allae - Played at moderate volume the Nait drives these beautifully on both SL2 and Allaes, bass lines sound sublime. I’m a big fan of Stanley Clarke and the Nait driving either of these two speakers is such an enjoyable listen. The SL2s obviously pip the Allaes on the Nait but the Allaes are not a million miles away and the characteristics are similar
  • Naim n-Sat - Seems to work nicely with Nait 2
  • Neat Ekstra - Very detailed due to the ribbon tweeter, yet silky high frequencies (zero fatigue), deep tight (isobaric) bass. A big impressive sound for a small enclosure - Neat Acoustic’s party trick. Great fun too, and easy to place. Only heard them at a show with a Nait 2
  • Rega ELA Mk 1 - Lovely speakers, tight transmission line bass, refined high frequencies, very easy to live with and place next to a rear wall. Ridiculously undervalued on the used market
  • Rega ELA Mk 1.25 - Nice sound, some resolution and enough (tight) bass for a medium-size room. Good all-rounder and great VFM (~£150)
  • Rega Kyte (original) - Poor mans Kan perhaps. Very well made little speaker. Fast, punchy tight fun sound, easy to drive. Front ported but designed for wall placement to augment the light, but tight bass response. More forgiving of a lesser quality front end than Linn Kans.
  • Royd Eden - Kan competition in its day. Fast attacking sound with snappy timing plus more bass than Kans/Tukans but less tuneful/coherent
  • Royd Eden - Not a lot of bass, didn’t go loud without harshness. Very analytical - wish I’d never sold them
  • Royd Minstrel - Fun and engaging. Similar lightweight breezy sound to the Naits. Best used in a small room. Cheap as chips (~£100)
  • Ruark Sabre 2 / Talisman 2 - This combination was fantastic fronted by a Sondek LP12, I still regard this set up as one of my all time best. Both speakers were superb, the Talisman 2’s were the same as the Sabres but with deeper bass, fantastic speakers
  • Russell K Red 50 - Good timing and alive sound. Some bass. Lacks some tunefulness/coherence and overall balance didn’t work as well as some other models
  • Russell K Red 100 - As above but with some more bass. Again, nothing all that special with serviced Nait 1 which was a surprise. This one was a dealer dem so not heard at home
  • Shahinian Larc - Kan-size omni speaker with great rhythm, some bass and room filling sound. Metal dome tweeter can draw attention to itself. Flexible but omni design not for everyone
  • Shahinian Super Elf - Great combo. very musical, just a lack in the bass maybe due to the cables I used (DNM reson). If I had used the LINN K20 I think I would still have them here with me permanently
  • Snell Type K/II - Remembered playing many female vocal music, the emotion was in the music. In combination with Nait 2, I realised the importance of source. In combination with Nait 1, the listening environment improved, and I enjoyed this combination given a top source. The separation between instruments is not clear, but I enjoyed almost all kinds of music
  • Trenner & Friedl Dizzy - Floor standing speakers made in 2010. Fantastic tone/touch/texture and momentum!
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Can you tell something about nait2 - kudos x2 please?

Was hoping members could fill in the blanks :slight_smile:

Plus add anything else they’ve tried.

Lovely list but totally pointless in my view. Two main variables are cannot be factored in to these opinions…room dynamics and listeners ears and preferences.
You might aswell put up a list of the food you like.

Ps…oh, and people will still post and ask about does A go with B.

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That pretty much writes off most forum posts then since it’s largely subjective and room/system dependant opinion.

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Totally agree.
Please don’t get me wrong, discussion and exchanging ideas is great, but, yes, its down to the individual. The majority of posts seeking suggestions will always have certain replies of try for yourself.
I’ve done the same on this very forum.

I see where you’re coming from but with so many options available, I think it is still useful to help form a shortlist of popular models.

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Given that you have the Royd Eden and Rega Ela on the list, perhaps you should also have Royd Apex? These were floorstanders developed from the Eden, and the Ela was Rega’s version of the Apex, using the same drivers in a cabinet of the same dimensions etc.
I admit I’ve never heard the Apex with a Nait1/2, but mine were great with various other Naim amps, and with an A&R A60.

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Done!
Although I can’t really add a comment based on your post.

I have been powering my kudos 606s with a nait 2, very musical combination.

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Added, tx.

I think your description of the Ela would apply to the Apex too, which I guess is hardly surprising given their similarities.

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Great idea for a thread :slight_smile: Always subjective and room dependent of course, but this sort of info helps upgraders create a shortlist. My experience of a few speakers with a Nait2 - hope the info’s of use…

Monitor Audio R252. Clean tight bass (sealed box) easy to drive, fun sound, but not the last word in clarity or refinement as can be a little strident on some recordings. Very easy to place though. Cheap on the used market, and an alternative to Heybrook HB1.s

Monitor Audio R352. Slightly warm full sound but a little lumpy one note bass, easy to drive, great fun, decent dynamic range but not the last word in clarity as per the R252, but a little smoother than the 252. Very easy to place. Cheap on the used market, but do seem to be going up in value of late.

Rega Kytes. The poor mans Kan perhaps. Very well made little speaker. Fast, punchy tight fun sound, easy to drive. Front ported but designed for wall placement to augment the light, but tight bass response. More forgiving of a lesser quality front end than Linn Kans.

Rega Ela MK1. Lovely speakers, tight transmission line bass, refined high frequencies, very easy to live with and place next to a rear wall. Ridiculously under valued on the used market.

Neat Ekstras. Caveat - not auditioned at home, only heard them at a show with a Nait 2 powering them. Very detailed due to the ribbon tweeter, yet silky high frequencies (zero fatigue), deep tight (isobaric) bass. A big impressive sound for a small enclosure - Neat Acoustic’s party trick. Great fun too, and easy to place.

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Magic! - thanks YetiZone!

I use Graham LS3/5 with my Nait 1. Great bass, definition, imaging. No issues driving them.

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Thanks jhsnider - added

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I think rather than a long list of possibles no one is likely to have been able to compare comprehensively and the question ought to be ‘which speakers work for you with the Nait/Nait2’, preferably contemporary ones or older ones that trump newer models synergistically.

Why not simply older ones that trump newer models - it is irrelevant if it is through synergy or simply sounding better!

Regarding the list, does no-one use ATC or PMC with Nait? Popular with other amps…

The gentleman I purchased my 250 from ‘downsized’ to a Nait 1 & 2 after using a 52/250 for 20 years. He is happily pairing his Naits with JBL 4311 / 4429 studio monitors, which I’ve heard are easy to drive.

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With the low power of the Nait/2, you might find any pair of Omega’s really easy to drive. Even large floorstanders in a big room. There is at least 2 dealers in the UK who deal in them. I use Omega floorstanders with a 10w amp and realistic volume is not a problem.

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