Hi all, I’m new to the forum and would be interested in hearing your views on my setup as I’ve built it up over the years without any real clue - is it balanced, is there a weak point, what would you upgrade next?
PS. I love the natural balanced sound you get from Naim and have tried to stick to that principal with choice of components
Welcome to the forum, you got a nice system, and I think it’s pretty balanced. However, your Atlas Hyper 3.5 speaker cables are fishy. How long are they?
It’s nice that their website provides the electrical specifications, this is not very common. However, they are not very well suited to Naim power amps. According to the website:
Which is quite high capacitance and quite low inductance. While recommendation for Naim amps is that
High capacitance &/or very low inductance cables are to be avoided at all costs and may result in damage to your amplifier.
The Naim NACA5 speaker cable specifications are:
Capacitance: 16pF per metre
Resistance: 9 milliohms per metre
Inductance: 1uH per metre
Minimum length: 3.5 metres per channel
Maximum length: 20 metres per channel (note that longer lengths can be used up to around 25 m but then some small signal loss must be expected)
Inductance is more important, but depending on your cable length you may fall out of the recommended envelope for either capacitance, or inductance, or both.
In any case, I would try NACA5 and compare to yours. (Note that according to some, cables burn in and NACA5 needs especially long to be at its best. I don’t know if that’s really the case, but nevertheless it is probably best to avoid this variable. Maybe your dealer can lend some)
Andrew, I do not have the knowledge these guys have but all I would advise is don’t rush into anything and don’t feel you have to change anything. A lovely system you already have, try to enjoy the music more than the hifi.
Many thanks for your considered response @Suedkiez. It will take me a while to absorb but slightly worrying flag about impudence. The cables are new. They are 3.5 metres and 7m long - I know some say they have to be equal length but I used cable specialists and their engineer said that for a system under £40k, the shorter cable could be up to 50% shorter without the difference being audible.
Compromised on space - this is an anteroom and a walk through as I don’t have a dedicated enclosed sound room. It booms a little when turned up (not as much as you might expect though) but the headphones are fine for when I want volume. The Spendors are great at lower volumes
I see. I wasn’t primarily concerned about boominess, but the early reflections from the side wall can’t be good for imaging. But if space is constrained, sometimes you have to live with what’s possible
Hi @Suedkiez could you point me in the direction of this quote soon can write to Atlas about it? They specifically mention Naim on their website so I want to get to the bottom of what the threshold is for High Capacitance that could cause damage