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post #166 of 192

I guess it should sound very neutral ? English sounding characteristic ? :wink: 

post #167 of 192
Naim sound, musicality and PRAT

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Originally Posted by Fidelity182 View Post

I guess it should sound very neutral ? English sounding characteristic ? wink.gif  
post #168 of 192

I just bought SuperNait2 integrated amplifier. They have upgraded the headphone amp to a whole new level compared to the old SuperNait I owned before. It drives my HD600 effortlessly. Sound characteristics now, after about 72 hours of burn in, are pretty clean and easygoing. I've been out of the headphone game so long that I can't make any detailed comparisons or review but it does its job very well. On the speaker side, SuperNait2 is easilly the best integrated amplifier I've ever heard. One of the key aspects to its sound is the punchiness and extreme grip and control over the music. This punchiness seems to be lacking slightly in the headphone out or then my HD600 are really getting old and need to be replaced soon.

post #169 of 192
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...This punchiness seems to be lacking slightly in the headphone out or then my HD600 are really getting old and need to be replaced soon.

It's not your 600s. I've had a chance to listen to the new Naits extensively and while the amps are very nice the headphone out is somewhat of a disappointment. Clear and articulate (OK for TV and movies) but lacks punch (barely adequate for music).

post #170 of 192
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It's not your 600s. I've had a chance to listen to the new Naits extensively and while the amps are very nice the headphone out is somewhat of a disappointment. Clear and articulate (OK for TV and movies) but lacks punch (barely adequate for music).

 

Let's see what happens when I get more hours for the amp. The headphone out have got some positive reviews and there should be some real effort put in to it. HD600 is not known as the punchiest sounding headphone out there also. 


Edited by Patu - 9/29/13 at 10:19am
post #171 of 192
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 HD600 is not known as the punchiest sounding headphone out there also. 

The HD600 needs a decent headphone amp before you'll experience what it is really capable of. Rumours that it's not the punchiest sounding headphone out there have been greatly exaggerated.

post #172 of 192

I haven't owned HD600s for quite a while but if memory serves me they need a lot of juice before they become punchy.

 

On paper I would tend to think something like the Shure 840s would work well with the Naim.

 

As far as run in period is concerned I haven't done any critical listening but I "may" have noticed a small improvement on the HP out. On the other hand the amp itself, as Naims are known to do, has gone through a few changes over three weeks and has finally settled down to a very nice sounding piece of gear.

post #173 of 192
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The HD600 needs a decent headphone amp before you'll experience what it is really capable of. Rumours that it's not the punchiest sounding headphone out there have been greatly exaggerated.

 

Luckily I don't have to base my comment on rumours. I used to drive them through Lehmann BCL which is more than capable of running these things. I've also owned HD650 in the past which I used in several different systems so I know HD600 lacks in lower end compared to HD650. I actually changed from HD650 to HD600 over five years ago because I liked the slightly clearer presentation and the fact that there's less lower end in HD600. Of course it always comes to matching the headphone with the rest of the system. Now I bought SuperNait2 because of its capabilities with speakers. Upgraded headphone amplifier is a definite plus and one of the reasons I upgraded though. If HD600 isn't good match with it, I might experience with other headphones. Somehow I have this feeling that HD650 would be a better match for SuperNait2.

 

I'm actually listening to some Moderat through HD600 as we speak (or write). Some heavy bass lines here and now they definitely come out punchier than they did when I wrote my previous post. 

post #174 of 192

DAC-V1 featured in the Winter Gift Guide

 

See here; you'll need to scroll down to get to Jude's comments

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/2013-head-fi-winter-gift-guide-desktop-amps-dacs

 

On a separate note, has anyone tried the V1 with Beyer T1s?

post #175 of 192

I doubt it would be as good as a Headline though, which uses external dedicated power supply.

hDDnd7

post #176 of 192
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Originally Posted by parkerdars View Post
 

I doubt it would be as good as a Headline though, which uses external dedicated power supply.

hDDnd7

I'm sure you're right, but as a Headline + HiCap costs nearly as much as the V1 and doesn't include a top quality DAC, it's hardly a fair comparison

 

Julian H has posted earlier in this thread that he prefers his Headline to the V1's headphone section


Edited by Paul Meakin - 12/5/13 at 12:18am
post #177 of 192
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Originally Posted by Patu View Post
 

I just bought SuperNait2 integrated amplifier. They have upgraded the headphone amp to a whole new level compared to the old SuperNait I owned before. It drives my HD600 effortlessly. Sound characteristics now, after about 72 hours of burn in, are pretty clean and easygoing. I've been out of the headphone game so long that I can't make any detailed comparisons or review but it does its job very well. On the speaker side, SuperNait2 is easilly the best integrated amplifier I've ever heard. One of the key aspects to its sound is the punchiness and extreme grip and control over the music. This punchiness seems to be lacking slightly in the headphone out or then my HD600 are really getting old and need to be replaced soon.

 

That is one hell of an amp. How does the Nait XS-2 compare to the SuperNait? Thinking of driving small speakers in my bedroom.

post #178 of 192

I've owned a few Naims in the past and auditioned all the new Naits as well as the DAC V1/NAP100 combo. I ended up with the XS2. The SN2 has tighter bass, slightly better detail retrieval and is clearer all around. It's no doubt a nice piece of equipment but a lot more expensive than the XS2

 

The XS2 has a softer sound but still has enough drive and grunt to get the job done with rock, blues, electronica. It is possibly a bit more forgiving on lesser recordings.

 

The HP output is the same on both and is, in my opinion, rather disappointing. It is excellent for movies and TV. For music I prefer the warmth of my Violectric V200.

 

The Nait 5si uses a different HP output and is a good choice for anyone wanting to get a taste of Naim for a relatively small investment.


Edited by Turn&cough - 12/7/13 at 5:57am
post #179 of 192

I just got a pair of Fostex TH-900 and they sound terrific with the V1; they're both really musical sounding.

 

My previous V1 broke and has been replaced, and is not yet run-in, yet it still sounds good with the new headphones, so by next weekend should the combination should be sounding very special.

post #180 of 192

Not familiar with the Fostex but if they are easy to drive with more than average bass they should be a good match for the Naim.

 

BTW - How do you rate the DAC section of the V1 and compared to what?

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