For reasons, I can’t go into I need to find some suitable new speaker cable for my system.
The speaker cable will be going between a NAP200 and some Castle Severn II speakers.
I am not looking to spend a huge amount of money and probably up to that £15 metre and two 4 metre lengths will be OK.
I know the amp has particular resistance and capacitance requirements of speaker cables but I am finding it difficult to know which will work as often these specs are not supplied.
I know of course about NACA5 but new that is too expensive but I could try and find some on eBay used.
As an example, I have been recommended that Chord Clearway X would suit but have never listened to this cable and can’t find specs to show if they are a good match.
Anyway, can you good folk help with a recommendation for me?
Linn K20. ‘Almost’ the same as Naim A4 - and very cost effective… Worth a try, Shirley…?
Professionally terminated used NAC A5 is exactly the same as new NAC A5. Give banana plugs a clean with some contact cleaner and they will outlast you and yours.
Chord don’t publish spec’s, .
Linn K20 is the way to go & at around £5/m its well in budget
Found the same issue, so I did contact them and they said that the Chord Epic X is Naim compliant cable, but comes in at £252 new.
@Robinho FYI: NACA5 specifications are as follows:
- Capacitance: 16pF per metre
- Resistance: 9 milliohms per metre
- Inductance: 1uH per metre
- Minimum length: 3.5 metres per channel
Why not look for a pair of used NACA5? These pop up regularly on various sites and there is the benefit that you don’t have to worry about burn-in
I would expect they would say that, & to be fair Chord speaker cable specs are nothing close to being a problem for Naim amps. I just don’t understand why they don’t publish them, its not rocket science.
I measured my Chord Odyssey when I first bought it, it has 0.6uH/m & 62pF/m. Very middle of the road, & with 5m per side it has 3uH & thats near enough, especially with a Supernait
Used Naca5 is an option for sure. I certainly have no issue buying used Hii equipment, several items in my system are used either as-is or refurbished. It is a good way to get some decent kit on a budget.
Most of my system is now used or pre-loved…
A good shout I forgot about Linn cable. It is cheap enough to get me up and running again while listening for something better later.
It would be easier if they did provide these specs.
The NACA5 spec provides a range of 3.5uH/56pF/31.5mOhms for the min 3.5m meters and up to 20uH/320pF/180mOhms for the Max 20m length. So what I was hoping to be able to do was find a cable that has a similar balance and is within that range.
As been said before, Linn K20 looks almost the same construction & size, & as such it’s specs will be similar.
And no surprise, they are 0.93uH/m & 16pF/m
(It’s the inductance (H) that’s important to Naim amps)
There is currently a 5 metre pair of NACA5 in white on Pinkfish media. Always a good place to look and buy.
Naca or Odyssey, always available 2nd hand.
This topic was automatically closed 60 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.