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naim vs sonneteer

Discussion in 'audio' started by wpm, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. wpm

    wpm pfm Member


    first post.... but not exactly a newbie.. ;)

    Presently i run a Naim CD5XS into Naim Nait 5i-2 into Naim naca 5 into Merlin TSM MMM and i quite enjoy the sound.

    would the Naim XS2 be a good option for me to consider ?

    some of my friends here in India tell me about the Sonneteer Alabaster amplifier.

    Basically i thought i could do with some more headroom while retaining the PRAT and musicality that Naim is known for.

    I am getting a pre-owned Naim Flatcap XS power supply for about USD 650 here.. as well..

    appreciate your thoughts..especially from previous Naim / Sonneteer Alabaster owners

  2. wpm

    wpm pfm Member

    OK here goes..

    with Naim CD5XS as a source and the below options.. what would be worth considering

    Naim XS2 ( 70 W )
    Naim XS ( 60 W )
    NAC 152XS + NAP 155 XS

    NAC 202 + NAP 200 - out of range but in range for pre loved
    SN2 - out of range but can wait and accumulate funds for this if i want to sit tight with this amp for the next 10 years :))


    Sonneteer Alabaster - but herein again - i would not want to get drawin into interconnects and speaker cables questions..

    A big advantage with Naim is the mental PoM ( Peace of Mind ;) ) with naim DIN interconnects and nac A5

    My CDP and speakers ( merlin TSM ) cannot change for the next few years.

    Before Bobby ( www.merlinmusic.com ) left the 3rd rock from the Sun - he recommended trying a Rega Elicit R or Exposure 3010 but rather preferred the naim nait 5i-2 currently which i have.

    But i guess i am looking for the proverbial - more :D


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