Hello, I’m looking for opinions of more experienced Naim users. I have an itch so maybe you can calm it)
I have a DAC-V1/NAP 100 system, source is a PC via USB. I love the sound all the way, but I have 2 unused shelves on my rack, so I’ve been thinking about buying an olive pair - preamp and HiCap. I will use a DAC-V1 just as DAC after that of course. So couple of questions. I’m looking only for shoeboxes since I have the custom rack for this size.
- Will it be a significant difference between NAC 62 and NAC 72? What’s better?
- Wouldn’t it downgrade the sound quality? I don’t want to swap NAP 100 for 140 because it will ruin the aesthetics.
- Can I power the 62/72 from a modern FlatCap? Might be cheaper than serviced olive HiCap.
If you are only considering shoebox sized units, the Flatcap is a non starter, surely? Both the 62 and 72 need a Hicap. Why not just stick with what you’ve got? Buying units you really don’t need to fill gaps in a rack that don’t need to be filled seems a little odd. You could always remove the empty shelves if they upset you. Or ditch the PC and go for an ND5XS2 and a Nait XS. And a new rack.
I don’t understand. You will be mixing Olive and black boxes in any case, so why would an olive power amp (on a rack with an olive preamp) be more of a mismatch?
Thanks for your reply.
It’s mostly about the looks) so you think 62/72 and HiCap won’t do anything to sound quality?
FlatCap is just a cheaper option, I can place it under TV)
Because 3 olives and one black don’t look good to me compared to 2/2.
Yes you can power 62 or 72 with Flatcap
Not sure about a possible downgrade, but obviously different way to skin a cat.
Nac 62 were entrylevel, 72 were top until Nac 52 was released.
They are all mighty fine but 2-3 decades old by now, in any case I’d get them serviced before use.
Thank you for your informative reply!
I’m not sure I understand your priorities. Sound >> appearance for me - we’re taking about music making machines, not artworks.
Like I said - I like the sound I have now, just wondering if an old preamp can make it worse. I just want two more boxes, that’s all)
Have you considered a tuner Nat 01 or 101 with separate psu ?
They are so cool looking, sound incredible, if you have an antenna and analog input.(Which you don’t have in V1)
No, I’m not into radio at all, and not enough shelves too))
I will go for 72/HiCap.
Nat 01/Snaps are same size as 72/Hicap, but never mind, 72 is a fantastic classic preamp.
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