Good morning all, only an occasional “poster” usually when I’m stuck ! But a regular visitor.
So, I am trying to connect a 3rd party headphone amp to my Nac 552 and I am completely confused, I need step by step help please
Firstly I have a 5pin din to 2 rca cable with the direction arrow running from the din to rca (so hopefully that’s correct!) but what din socket at the back of the 552 does it connect to? I tried it in the 4 input (which I thought was the tape out) but nothing ? Sound kept coming through the speakers ? I only listen to vinyl, no other source connected, so with regards the two banks of inputs / outputs on the front, how should they be set ? Currently I have input set on aux 1 (for the superline / supercap ) and all good on that front but how do I stop the sound coming through the speakers ?
So specifically, what I’m after is 1) which is the correct socket at the back, and 2) which is the correct button set up at the front ?
As always any help would be much appreciated!
Note that you will need to connect to one of the in/out sockets using either an interconnect specially wired to take the rec out signal from the DIN pins or using a fully wired DIN5 - 4 x RCA tape interconnect, even if only using one of the two sets of RCA Phonos. A regular DIN-RCA Phono interconnect won’t work as the DIN will have the Play and not the REC pins connected.
Thankyou, most appreciated. It seems like I may have the incorrect cable, oh well at least I know now.
So with regards what I need to do with regards the “working” once I plug it in, I just need to set the bottom row of buttons to the “tape” and then I should get the sound through the headphones as opposed to the speakers, would that be correct?
I feel 100% sure that didn’t happen! But that’s very helpful
I assumed that I would be able to simply buy an of the shelf 5 pin din to rca cable and job done, looks like I was badly mistaken still live and learn, luckily the cable didn’t cost me anything.
Slightly related to my original subject!
Now, I think I am correct in saying this but I wanted to double check. I believe from reading one of the posts on the naim uniti atom HE thread is that by using a “configured” 5pin din to 2 rca cable you can connect a Nac 552 into the atom HE ? I think I’m 99.999999% sure of this but I wanted to double check
I assume here you’re trying to use the Atom HE as just a regular HP amp. In which case, I guess it would be possible to take the REC out signal from the NAC552 into the Atom HE analog input on RCAs. To do that you would need a DIN-RCA tape patch lead or DIN-RCA where the DIN has the REC pins (as opposed to PLAY pins) connected.
Thankyou Richard for the responses. I thought I could take it, but it’s worth getting a second opinion. I was toying with the Atom HE as I really love the focal MG clear, and I know that naim and focal are now “joined” to some degree! So synergy should be good
But I also take up the point you make about the digitisation of the signal, I have read about that on other forums.
I had the Lehmann audio linear on dem with the MGs and I really liked the combo, but given my current system and the fact that due to personal changes I can only really play through the speakers for 50% of the time, so that leaves roughly 50% of my time will be with phones, am I doing a “disservice” to the signal by having the lehmann ? Should I be going for something like a benchmark ? So difficult to audition these things.
I will probably skip the atom, I have no interest in streaming, I’m a vinyl only bloke :-), very confused as to what headphone amp to get
I have been using a Violectric HPA V281 for a while and can highly recommend it.
The 281 is not in production anymore but Violectric have several options. I used a Naim HeadLine/Supercap before and I very much prefer the Violectric. I also have a 500-system.
Hi and thankyou for the recommendation. I did look at violectric, they certainly get excellent reviews,but the problem for me is finding a dealer that stocks them so I can do a home dem? Even when I look on the net, not many places stock that brand and certainly the two dealers that are close to me do not.
Following the golden naim rule “ try before you buy” it’s not easy.
Try before buy, but also try with your chosen headphones as a pair. I didn’t do this and it took me a while to rectify and get the sound I wanted, even though the amp and headphones were individually excellent they have to complement each other.