I think I may have made a ghastly mistake. Advice please.
I have a NAC102 / NAP180 combination which I bought in 2003. I can’t tell you how pleased I have been with them.
They came with an ex-dem NAPSC. Perhaps I undervalued how good the NAPSC is, but for whatever reason I fancied a more obvious power supply. I found a Flatcap for a good price and so bought it (serial number 163XXX, so circa 2000). Only now have I actually checked the manual and found advice for HiCaps and Flatcap 2s but nothing about the original Flatcap.
Until it arrives (tomorrow) I can’t be sure whether it is a Flatcap 1 or 2, but judging by the photos it looks to be one of the last of the original Flatcaps.
Does this categorically mean that I won’t be able to use it with the 102?
With a NAPSC and an FC, all link plugs are removed.
The NAPSC connects to the screw-lock socket.
The DIN above the screw-lock socket is unconnected.
The SNAIC5 to the FC connects to the left-most of the line of DINs (as viewed from the rear).
The SNAIC4 from FC to 180 can connect to any of the DIN4 on the FC; however it is usually connected (indeed, recommended) to the DIN4 closest to the DIN5 of the SNAIC5.
Well, many thanks for your advice. I was aware from the circuit diagrams that the HiCap had a two way connection to the amp, and then fed the power amp, but I genuinely thought the Flatcap was a simple plug in replacement for the NAPSC.
As you state, all power supplies should have the SNAIC5 and so I should have both cables required to set this up some time tomorrow.
I flew into a panic because the handbook seemed to be ruling out anything other than HiCap and Flatcap 2.
It’s still a surprise that the NAPSC is still required. Electronics is not anything like my area of expertise!
The supply from the Flatcap is no better than that from your 180. It’s a waste of money. See if you can send it back. The Napsc is a really nice improvement on the 102 so do use it. Then you want a Hicap.