Were you aware that the Naim amplifier designs were based on an RCA manual from the 1970's ?
Or that one of their power supplies is just a transformer, reservoir capacitors, bridge rectifier, and a few linear regulators ?. (most of the box is empty).
Their designs are available as a DIY build on pinkfish, or DIY Audio - clones. When you see what they don't implement in the circuit such as transistor based current mirror, or single transistor VAS, or less than linear output transistors (these have now changed), to get their house sound, then you realise that there is ore hype to high end hifi than actual reality.
The budget or low end equipment if mass produced is just as good as some of the high end.
I‘ve owned Naim equipment in the past and used to read ‘fanatical’posts on the Naim forum…… reminded me of the Emperor’s new clothes……!
They are very basic designs with annoying quirks like:
- thump through speakers on power on
- oversensitive inputs..which mean you are always right down on the potentiometer where channel tracking can be off
- ground loops because signal ground is usually separate from safety ground
The prices they charge for separate power supplies are a joke……
rant over…. 🙂