Thunderbolts and Lighting, very very frightening

Has anyone else spent the last week or so with their kit powered down more than powered up due to horrendous storms? Frustrating, but thankfully at least we haven’t been hit by lightening like house a street away, which resulted in a roof fire, luckily quickly extinguished by the fire brigade before any extensive damage to the rest of the property.

Unplug and preserve you precious Naim kit boys and girls :zap:


Yeah, pulled the plugs on mine this afternoon as well.

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More often than not, we often get away with thunderstorms on the coast, storms developing as the weather front heads inland, but not this last couple of weeks.

I have had my Naim system for over 30 years now, and I have never unplugged it in advance of any forecast thunderstorms.

There, I’ve said it: I’m tempting fate, and I will probably be struck by lightning tonight!


Most of our hifi sets are powered down by default, but the Meridian DSP surround is in standby when not in use….come rain and storm…….never been an issue.

I don’t bother to power down or disconnect stuff either, but then I have no overhead lines coming into the house and the FM aerial is quite low relative to the highest point of the house and houses and trees around

If I get a direct hit, then the hifi will be the least of my problems. My parents’ house burnt down after a direct lightning hit 45 years ago.


Far better unplugged (including any ethernet connections).

Fortunately where I live thunderstorms are quite rare (sadly rain isn’t!)

Never had an issue. And I’m with David on this one.

Our house in Little Rock was actually struck by lightning last week. Our ground grid, consisting of 3 eight foot rods soldered together below the surface, which we used during our tube electronics phase and installed 20 years ago, saved the day. We have a device on our electric panel that causes any surge to shunt into this ground grid. The electrician came out to take a look and could see the impact of the strike and said we could have lost all our electronics without this setup. Close call but no damage.

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I prefer to play safe when I know or anticipate that a storm is coming. Better than fried electronics and hoping insurance won’t find a loophole and not pay. My understanding is that it doesn’t need overhead power lines, aerial or direct hit on one’s own house to send a surge down the wiring that can jump the contacts of a switch.

As ever, YMMV :smile:

Don’t need a storm, but a good rain wouldn’t hurt…:unamused:

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Powered down twice this week but find I’m much more relaxed about it now I’ve no Naim source which, I believe, was the most vulnerable element.

Yes, I have hardly bothered to power up the main system this last week due to the thunder storms - that and the fact the otherwise fine weather has meant sending a lot of time outdoors. Oddly though, we were due a big storm last night and it didn’t materialise, just a lot of rain.

Any streamer or other digital electronics is likely to be at the same risk, not just Naim. And, whilst less susceptible than digital equipment, all electronic items connected to wires leaving the building are vulnerable to non direct lightning hits.

I’ve been using ear buds for a couple of weeks now, and although fine for a while, they do get a little uncomfortable when using them all day. Plus I have a pile of new records to listen to as well - frustrating.

When the worst storm hit last week, we were right in the heart / eye of the thunderstorm, and have never been in that situation before, and the sound of the thunder really was quite something to behold. We know of four houses within a couple of hundred meters that were struck by lighting, but only the one caught fire. Pretty scary really.

Are you still with us?

Knock once for yes.
And twice for no.

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I powered down for the first storm last week then forgot for the next couple. I guess due to the proximity of pylons in my area I’m unlikely to get hit.

Biggest problem has been the loss of two out of three Koi during the horrendous downpour that lasted an hour. Had them since babies (4in) and over 12 years or so they had grown to about 14in. Just bought a huge tub of food as well. The survivor has just started eating again. He won’t go hungry.

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Was it a pH crash that killed them? Rain water can be quite acidic and a large quantity can dramatically change the pond. I regularly add sodium bicarb as a pH buffer.

I think it was stress. I can’t remember a downpour so heavy and lasting so long. They probably only had 2-3yrs left in them. The lone survivor seems to have perked up a lot this morning and is eating again.