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Naim Niat 5i and Roksan Kandy K2 for home demo

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Hi, have you still had a chance to compare Naim 5i vs Roksan K2 ? I'm still very curious to hear someone else’s experience. I heard the Naim 5i is a bit weak on a bass may be due to 50W on 8Ohms. I really would like to hear some of your experience. If I have a chance to demo them in a dealers room I will let here know.
 

Ambrose

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DazEld said:
Firstly, the retailer in question did not say that it was 'normal' for Naim amps to hum, just that some people believed they have a greater tendency to hum than other amps. I have since read other comments to this effect on other forums. I have no loyalty or preference for either brand as I have never been an owner of either brand and this is my first experience of them. I agree that my own experience does not mean that there is a problem with the amp per se, but another's experience of a Naim amp that does not hum does not mean that there is not a problem.

After some experimenting here is what I have found. The source is a Squeezebox Touch (modified by Fidelity Audio) through a Keces DA-151 DAC. I am using a extension block and power leads by Clearer Audio, QED Silver Anniversary speaker cable and Tannoy Sensys speakers. With this setup the 5i hums and the K2 does not. I tried plugging the 5i directly into the wall socket rather than the extension block and it still hums. I tried different connector cables and it still hums.

Finally I tried changing the source to an old Sony CD player connected directly to the 5i and the hum disappeared (or at least was greatly reduced). Connect it again to the Squeezebox/DAC and the hum returns. This would lead me to believe that a) the 5i is not a faulty unit as it would most likely hum whatever the source if it were, b) the combination of Squeezebox/DAC and 5i causes the hum, c) the Squeezebox and DAC are not faulty as they do not hum with either my existing amp or the K2 and finally d) if a, b, and c are correct, there is some innate property of the 5i that causes the hum when combined with the SB and DAC.
Hi I have Nait and SBT with Rega Dac and no hum here FWIW.

I did have IR problems previously where Naim remote did not work without switching on/off after a few days (random).

This seems to have gone away now, but no idea what/why.

What did you think of the Audio Fid Mods for SBT btw?

Cheers

Ambrose
 

brandmartyr

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Hi,

I have a Nait 5i and experienced the same problem. It sounds like its a ground earthing problem. Apparently the Nait has no ground earth built in but relies on the CD player to earth it. This is likely the reason why when you connect the Sony CD player the hum disappears but with the squeezebox/ dac it reappears as both are unlikely to complete the ground earth.

There are different ways to solve it. The easiest is to purchase a ground loop isolator but this will arguably get in the way of the signal as it may need to sit between the Dac and the amplifier. my solution was to run a basic earth cable from a spare connector on the DAC or the amp to the earthing pin on my airport express plugged into the mains. Crude but the hum has completely disappeared.

Cheers

M
 

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