Is there a ‘special edition’ set of Naim/Focal components to mark the 10th anniversary of the Naim and Focal ‘link-up’ ?
I saw an article purporting to be a report of a limited edition streamer, pre and power amps ( possibly with a HiCap?) and floor standing Focal loudspeakers. This flashed up on my screen, but disappeared just as quickly as I tried to read the piece. The Naim units looked to be a brushed natural aluminium finish.
Did I see perhaps an out of season 1st April spoof? Or did I just drift into, and straight back out of, a parallel universe?
This may all be perfectly on the level and I just haven’t been paying proper attention!
Has anyone bought any? I notice the UK dealer advertising it for £18k don’t have it listed on the web site so I assume they must have sold it. I had popped in a while back to look at it and the fascia’s were just painted, not anodised so it looked rather cheap in the flesh. I was only in the market for a source anyway so bought a ‘standard’ NDX2. I see the grey system has popped up in the Focal Powered By Naim store in Las Vegas. Obviously now it’s a total dead duck with New Classic on the way but I guess there’s still stock of it left. I wonder how many were made?
That whole thing struck me as a really bad marketing scheme from the beginning. Even if I were in the market for those exact components and knew even a little about Naim upgrade paths I would have opted for the classic Classics (i.e. black). As a dealer (if I were one) I might feel uncomfortable pushing the gray versions to my customers.
I can assure you that I really don’t need to check the system pictures thread to know that I find these things ghastly, no matter how many ‘proud owners’ there might be posting there.
You could fill up the local 35,000-seat Amex (Football) Stadium with as many of these ‘proud owners’ as you could find, but it wouldn’t change my view that this was an appalling lapse of taste and judgment by whoever at Naim or Focal dreamed it up.