I would suggest first of all listening to loads of speakers at HiFi dealers to work down to a shortlist of between 2 and 4 pairs, then trying to get home demos of speakers, driving them with the Nait 5i.
Speakers that work with their personal preferences for music presentation and work well with their room when driven by the 5i, will be even better when driven by an XS3.
Of all HiFi components, speakers have the most variability, both in personal preferences and in room integration.
OK, thanks. I’ll see what I can find in old threads.
There must be a few dozen speakers available in this price range. Surely listening to the experience of other Naim owners to create a shortlist is a sensible way forward.
Also, I know my friend well enough to say he will not be the slightest bit interested in doing lots of dems. I need to whittle this down to 3-4 models at the very most. He is not a hifi enthusiast in any way.
I was hoping to find a dealer that stocks a couple of the more popular models but perhaps we’ll just go for convenience and use one of the local dealerships. Hopefully one of them will sell Kudos.
I have a Nait XS-2 which I use with ProAc D1 on Atacama HMS stands. Not a floor stander but they give good bass and decent volumes. Perhaps it might be worth considering the latest ProAc DB1 on Atacama HMS 1.1 stands
Then you’ll have to find out in what range of music he’s interested and if he has a particular preferences (such as detail or loud [aka excessive] bass [and in that case either take this into account or preferably talk him out of it in favour of a more neutral presentation]. You’ll also need to take into account the dimensions of his listening room.
I’d put ProAc Response DT8’s on the list. I have the now discountinued Studio 140 Mk2’s with similar downward firing bass port, that seems to do bass well and work nicely with XS2 that I’ve tested them with and sound great with the SN2 I’ve just bought.
I’m currently playing through my collection re-discovering basslines…