Has anyone moved from a 140 to 100 or has anyone done a comparison?
My 140 was serviced a couple of years back and sounds sumptuous, no problems at all, however I do wonder about it’s age as it’s an early olive version. Would a new 100 offer me more or less of what I have now?
I like the compactness of the 140 and 100 so moving to. 200 or 250 is not really for me at the moment.
Great though the NAP100 is, it will offer you less than your serviced NAP140 offers.
As @Richard.Dane once noted on the Naim forum, if the NAP140 was sold new today, it would have a UK list price of circa £1,500. The NAP100 is a super, yet more affordable power amp.
Enjoy what you have. I do the same as shown in my profile.
I would keep the NAP140. A great little power amp.
As I suspected, my 140 is greater than the sum of its parts and it never ceases to amaze me how good it is.
I asked a similar question in 2019 - should I move from a 23 year old 140 to a 200. Most replies favoured keeping the 140 so I had it serviced and upgraded the pre. I love the result!
Love my 140, and it is older than yours = CB.
I use it in a nearfield system and it gets constant use.
I prefer the chrome look over the olive TBH
The NAP 140 punches above its weight class. Keep it unless you find a Nap 200.
I’ve had a 200 before I wasn’t too impressed TBH the 140 beats it easily.
I have a 140… Love it…
Just need the Lockdown to allow me to get is serviced. Its well overdue…
Don’t forget the 100 cannot power a pre like the 140
I didn’t realise the 100 couldn’t power a pre, that’s useful to know.
140 all the way!
As HiFi man reports, you can’t power a pre-amp from the 100, so you would need a HiCap or source with its own power supply.
Good job I’m using a 272, not that I’m giving up my 140 for a 100.
Thats good, although the NAP100 is quite a decent amp tbh.
I had a CB140 and despite several comments to the contrary here, the NAP200 did a much better job of driving my speakers, to my ears in my room.
I have extensively compared the 140 and 200. The 140 worked better in my 72/hicap system driving SBL’s. It just had the magic, which the 200 did not show. I tried the 140 on my Ovators and on lower volumes it was ok. On higher volumes and more complex music the 200 was quite a bit better.
In general - exceptions are there for sure - I prefer pairing of amps from the same era.
I don’t doubt your findings for one minute, but for me the 200 worked so much better in my system and I have no problem mixing olive with black as my 62/200 sounded amazing. A final change to a 202 followed by a HCDR was the icing on the cake.
Whilst the 62 / 140 continues to sound great as our son uses it in his system.
My preference of the naim shoebox amps using a 72/HiCap is 110 1st, 100 a close second with the 140 in 3rd spot, never warmed to the 140 for some reason and I have owned two 140s over the years.
Interesting conclusion, I had a soft spot for the 110, mine had Naims own output transistors.