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dead naim remote

Discussion in 'audio' started by Edwar65, May 22, 2020.

  1. Edwar65

    Edwar65 pfm Member

    Anyone come across the naim remotes and know of their longevity? Mine is the basic unit with pre and cd buttons at top.
    It was working ok,then suddenly stopped altogether. It came with a cd5x. I've checked obvious things like swapping batteries and checking connections,also tried the button for cd etc,but to no avail.
    Are any other options other than naim,that will control the cd and give all the functions,as I assume the naim unit will be pricey??
    Or any other tips to try??
  2. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    I’m pretty sure any CD player remote using the Philips RC5 control protocol will control a Naim machine... meaning you could use one a Philips, Marantz, Arcam, Exposure, Cyrus, Rega, Linn, Roksan machines and probability a whole load more. I’d double check but if I’m right, you have a load to choose from... PS, a DVD remote won’t work.
  3. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Your phone camera can see the infra red diode light. Does it flash?
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  4. Edwar65

    Edwar65 pfm Member

    No it can't. I've tried that with my working TV remote and the camera doesn't show up any diode light??
  5. topa

    topa Sans CDPs

    Maybe it needs to be recapped?
  6. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    If you’re anywhere near me (WS8 area), I have several Linn remotes, you can borrow one to try. If that works (and I very much expect it will), then any Philips, Marantz, Arcam or any other RC5 CD player remote will work.
  7. VTA

    VTA pfm Member

    The remote that came with my Supernait purchased in 2007 died last year. New one was $$$ but I wanted a Naim one. As noted you can use others.
  8. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Very unusual, these remotes use near infra red in the 850~900nm wavelengths. Silicon is very sensitive to this
  9. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Yip. When I've owned Naim CD players I've used an old Philips remote to keep the Naim one in good condition for when I sell the player.
  10. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Yep, thought so. I was pretty sure my Linn Ikemi remote operated my Naim CD3.5 but it’s been a few years... that’s that sorted then, loads of options chose from.
  11. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    Try remotefixer.co.uk.
  12. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Have you tried hitting it?
  13. Oneandtwo

    Oneandtwo pfm Member

    My cd5i remote didn’t last very long at all. It seemed to get very weak just before it died completely.
  14. jimmytwos

    jimmytwos pfm Member

    I have a similar old naim remote which no longer works, I should try and repair it. I have read that sometimes if they are dropped, the crystal can crack and change frequently? Not sure how accurate my description is but this thread has prompted me to look into it further.
  15. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    Isn't that a bit like not shagging your GF to keep her pristine for the next guy?
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  16. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Hardly. It's just a remote. It switches the player on and off. It has no bearing on how it sounds so it makes no difference what it looks like. And if you keep the Naim one good it makes the player easier to sell.

    The last Naim player I sold shipped with the remote unused, still sealed in the bag. If you sell your player with no remote it will be harder to sell and you'll probably get less for it. Either that or you'll choose to replace it with another Naim remote, which will cost you money.

    Do what you want but I chose to keep the remotes good.
  17. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Remotes use ceramic resonators, not crystals. But cracked solder joints are the usual reason for nothing working, they normally use rubbish single sided pcbs. A few dead keys is probably worn out carbon pads, harder to fix.
  18. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    The 'Solaris' remote that came with my Saturn-R is not great. It's a poorly designed button-fest and clearly not a very robust type. It wasn't very long before the 'next' button, the one I press the most, required a really hard press to get it to work. Just pressing it until it 'clicked' like the other buttons no longer works and I assume it will fail one day. I kept an eye one eBay until I got a new one at a reasonable price and I've put the new remote away for when the player is sold. The remote is essential for this player as there is no way to switch between the CD player and the DAC without it! Which, in my humble opinion, is felin' idiotic!!
  19. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Well impressed with naim remotes , lovely precise action and quality feel
  20. yeti42

    yeti42 pfm Member

    Rarely, a button can go down at a slight angle and get stuck locking up the remote. I had this with the remote for my CD5x, have a good look at all the buttons and see if any are a bit lower than the rest and give it a prod if it is, you should feel the button depress, if you don’t wiggle it until it frees up. In the 12 years I’ve used Naim remotes I’ve only had this happen once.

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