Was just thinking (always dangerous…) Has anyone done a comparison, sonically, between the XS3 and Nait 50? At the same price point, do people consider them both, or is the form factor / upgrade path so different that the use cases are unique?
Yes, the 50 is a niche (limited edition) product but has the same functionality as the XS3 so I’m surprised that with all the fanfare around the 50, there’s no discussion on the alternative…
I didn’t consider the XS3 at all, didn’t even know its price. Just read some articles and forums posts about the NAIT 50, got one on home demo and decided to go for it. A bit rash? It’s a lovely amp and I’m enjoying it, so no regrets.
thanks for that - stopped following WHF years ago so missed it.
if I read between the lines on the comparison section, it seems to infer that the XS3 may be a better amp for the long haul and the Nait 50 is is all about immediacy. not a million miles off what people have been saying.
We’re all thinking of a new purchase - some actively and some passively!!
But yes, I’m slowly repurposing gear around the house and think I may give up my UQ1 for something else to put in the lounge, where it will get occasional moderate-volume listening. A 50 fits the bill sound-wise as well as aesthetically. But the space is pretty active and there’s not much I can do about it - which is why I was looking at the XS3 (originally was thinking about a SN3 but then realised that was total overkill.) That’s when I noticed the lack of direct XS3 / N50 comparison.
There’s a dealer near me selling a traded in 50 for 2k, so hard not to jump on that opportunity…If only there was a shoebox sized source to go with it…
Ah - of course! Completely forgot. I finally found one in the Netherlands right before Christmas, should be here later this week. Going in the office with the NAC 172 - that’s why the UQ1 has to move…Will have to update you once it’s in place!
The only way to know what pleases your ears most is to both demo them and you can easily tell them apart! Some replies to the points of view above:
Yes that’s the one that sealed it for me NOT to go with the Nait 50. I really have no love at all for the XS2, yet preferred it to the 50 in that demo, with Nait 1 first place. Must be something with my ears or their room. A full demo later confirmed my preference for the Nait XS3 that I bought instead.
Put the CB Nait 2 back in the system over Christmas just to be sure. I’m afraid that to my ears I have to disagree. We lived with Nait 2s for almost 20 years (good serviced ones, first Olive then CB). The Nait XS3 is the first Nait we’re happy to replace it with and enjoy even more.
Good summary, except for the word laidback, that it is not, lightning quick actually. And it sings, like a Nait 2 but without the fairy dust. I found the 2023 What Hifi review of the Nait XS3 very accurate.