Went to my local dealer this week, didn’t demo an SN3 but I did listen to the NEAT Iota Alpha speakers.
I currently have them at home on demo for 4-days and my god what a difference vs. the B&Ws I currently have.The clarity on these things is incredible and it feels like I’ve had a dust-sheet over my B&Ws all this time.
Hopefully should have an SN3 within the next couple of weeks.
Returned the NEAT’s today and asked about a package deal with an SN3, hopefully getting a demo machine in before the weekend.
Question please - I’ve been going down loads of rabbit-holes in the last few weeks but have a question about speaker cables.
Will I hear ‘that much’ of a difference moving to something like the WH N2 or Phantom please?
I have QED Silver Anniversary XT currently running under the floor (9m L channel + 7m R channel) to the opposite side of the room. Phantom is going to cost a few quid plus I’d need to pull the wooden floor up to replace.
Another option is to place the SN3 between the speakers and have a much shorter length of WH Phantom. If I do this what do I do with all the speaker cable ‘slack’ if I go down the 3.5m route?
I have QED XT anniversary… thought I was the only one!
Never used WH speaker cable so cannot comment
. But why rip your flooring up? Cannot you attach the end of the new cable to the old and gently pull it through?
I have the Witch Hat N2 connecting my Nait XS2 to a pair of PMC twenty5.22 speakers and that was a big improvement over the cables I had prior to that, can’t remember exactly what they were but they were a sort of generic installation cable. The N2 is designed to have the same sonic qualities as NACA5 and my gut feel is that I’d have to go a lot further up the Naim amp chain than a XS2 or SN3 to really get the best out of the WH Phantoms. The good thing is that they do a 30 day money back guarantee so there is no risk to trying the N2 to see how you get on with it.
I have run the same pair of Naim NAC A5 with a Nait XS 2 and currently with my SuperNait 2 and do not believe you have to look any further. If you are working with a Naim dealer I would ask for a demo pair. They may even have a used pair available which may help with your budget…
In my opinion, yes. I have the WH Phantom and despite their company being loathed by Naim and its dealers, it actually did make a difference over my previous cable WH N2 which I favoured over NACA5 for flex reasons, as sound was similar, mybe WH slightly better.
To guage just how good the WH Phantom is, my wife is in complete agreement.
Had the SN3 for a long weekend now and very impressed with it. Even the other-half was hearing bits in familiar tracks she hadn’t heard before. I’ve tested stuff I know really well and also stuff to show off the quality of the equipment.
Some tracks are lacking a bit of ‘meat’ but that may be down to my source. I will definitely look to upgrade my speaker cable after a few months of the unit settling in and me getting used to the sound.
Demo material included:
Public Service Broadcasting
Lots of different live albums e.g. Nirvana MTV, The Rifles, Steven Wilson
I think the NAIM world will suit me as I like to try new equipment every few years and the upgrade paths are well defined…even though some of them (XPS) are crazily priced.
Am really pleased with the Iota Alpha’s so these will be used solely for HiFi duties going forward. Am getting these ex-demo and have wrapped-up what I believe to be a really good deal for those and the SN3.
You can do whichever. It depends whether you want to try various cables with your new amp. If you do it needs to be run in a bit first so you can make an informed decision. I use Tellurium Q Black II with mine and they work well.