This is from forumite “Murmur” in a thread from early 2021.
Linn Kan 1 - Superb rhythm/timing/resolution/coherence. Requires solid rear wall. Limited bass so best used in a small room. Age and tired drive units are a concern. Very much voiced for vinyl source, especially pre-Cirkus LP12. Tried 3 main combinations of Scanspeak, Hiquphon and KEF drivers. The ultimate Marmite speaker
Kan 1s vary quite a bit. I have an early and a late pair that sound very different. The early pair I bought from the Kan 1 designer and the late pair were used every day since new so they are both ‘good’ pairs.
The Nait / Nait 2 can sound great with Kan 1’s and really boogie but ultimately most owners end up wanting more oomph and move on, myself included. Fine as a stop gap though. 42/110 is probably minimum entry point for Kans to get long-term satisfaction. I’m told that Kan 1’s were initially developed with a botldown 12/160, subject to ageing memories, which is a very nice combo but they are hard amps to find nowadays.
Phil Hobbs was mostly responsible for voicing the Kan 2 and no doubt used Linn amps by that point. Kan 2’s seem to be holding up better and sound more consistently alike. Not sure if that’s the components or just that they are a bit younger.
Like so many here I was sorely tempted to order a Nait 50. I have no use for it, it would just satisfy an itch to have some CB gear on display as I love the design. Not the best of reasons for quite a lot of money.
So, just ordered on the Bay a Nac 42 in good condition for just over 10% of the price of the new Nait. It will never be used but will sit proudly under my 252. How sad is that lol!
Interesting about purchasing a chrome bumper item for aesthetic pleasure. I am considering the same, but I know I will add a front end and some speakers as I’ll want to hear it. But there is something about these units, especially the shoebox ones that I find strangely alluring. So perhaps a 32.5, HiCap and a nice 160?
It’s such an iconic design, a little bit of Naim history and a 32 would have been perfect too. Have been thinking about it for years and at about £350 not too much of an investment. Camera collectors do something similar so perhaps it’s not as strange as it seems…