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Naim Nait 2 - any good? I've just acquired a system with this included.

Discussion in 'classic' started by beammeup, Jul 9, 2018.

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  1. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    I've just collected the whole shebang from London - the system comprises:

    Arcam Alpha CD Player
    Arcam Alpha Tuner
    Naim Nait 2 amp
    Linn Index speakers with Linn floor stands (they look stuck on but nice and substantial?).
    All associated cables and manuals plus the Target Hi-Fi rack they all sat on.

    Plus a little Sony record player and speakers which are nothing to write home about by the looks of them.

    For me - at a guess - the Nait 2 is the stand out item (although I've never heard one yet). I've yet to plug it all in and listen - anyone here with advice on the Naim as such?

    I have other things to test and try before plugging the kit it - but thought I would ask your opinions before taking it for a spin.
     
  2. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    A Nait-2 can be a supremely capable little amp, provided the caps aren’t gone. Even if they are, a recap is inexpensive and the amp is entirely able to hold its own against many considerably more expensive amps. I’ve had one for about 18 years now, and whilst it certainly isn’t perfect, it is a superb wee thing that punches well above its weight. The rest of what you have bought is probably not up to much, but the Nait 2 is a gem of a thing.
     
  3. divedeepdog

    divedeepdog pfm Member

    The Arcam CD player may surprise too:D
     
  4. MJS

    MJS Trade: Consultant at WH Audio

    The Nait2 is a keeper - a fantastic little amp that is far better than the sum of its parts. They can go quite long between services too as nothing was ever really stressed inside. The exception being the CB models with the green lit Naim logo, those LEDs can die but it's all fixable.
     
  5. Ragaman

    Ragaman Mentalist

    If you don't like you could sell on for decent money these days, anything from the early Naim era is a matter of taste, I personally think it's superb as long as you don't want huge volumes in a large room that is. It will certainly bring your music to life.

    I owned a 30 year old model, never serviced, sounded excellent, unless it's not working as it should, I would leave it alone.
     
  6. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    OK, when I get the chance I will probably just plug it all together and listen to the Naim in the context of the system it came with (driving the Linn Index speakers) - then after that, try it in my system.
     
  7. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Nowt wrong with Linn Index speakers either.
     
  8. ex brickie

    ex brickie pfm Member

    Looks like a potentially nice system.... Wondering how much you paid and how much of a bargain you've collected...
     
  9. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    I didn't pay a small amount - it was £300 for the lot.
     
  10. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    I’ll second that.
     
  11. MJS

    MJS Trade: Consultant at WH Audio

    That was a bargain - the Naits often sell for double that amount.
     
  12. Dougie2404

    Dougie2404 pfm Member

    Yes you did, a potential bargain, especially as a second system.

    Not looked recently but you probably could recoup your money on the Nait if you not like it.
     
  13. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Naits are like LS3/5as.
    They sell for much more than you’d expect...
     
  14. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    Interesting - because the Alpha range was Arcam's budget offering.

    Not wired it all up because I'm still auditioning that fantastic ISO-HUB that John Kenny is lending members of PFM. I'm listening to that ISO-HUB DAC via an Aries Mini and I have to admit it sounds superb. In due course I would like to mix old with new, fronting this amazing modern digital front end setup with the Naim Nait 2 and appropriate loudspeakers.
     
  15. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    I just noticed - looks like you service these little things. I guess if it works it shouldn't need a service but you are there if I need you.
     
  16. beammeup

    beammeup pfm Member

    Finally got it all connected up in a spare room from an accommodating family member...

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  17. Goldenmouse

    Goldenmouse pfm Member

    Very nice for £300
     
  18. divedeepdog

    divedeepdog pfm Member

    I’ve just got one, lovely little thing currently on duty with gf tv
     
  19. Jason P

    Jason P pfm Member

    Bargain for that. Nice amp and the olive ones look great imho...
     
  20. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    NAIT 2s are starting to appear in ads with asking prices upwards of $1500. over here. IIRC, MSRP was $1250.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2018

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