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    Join Date: Mar 2017

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    Hi guys,

    Iv been pretty busy over here the last few months putting together a linn LP12(picture on my profile).
    Managed to snag an ortofon rondo red cart from a needle docotr in germany (axel schurholz??) who had upgraded it with a nude shibata. And i have to say im blown away by the improvements over my RP6 and soundsmith cart. Its incredible... All the extra saturdays have really paid off.

    Iv now moved onto the amplification side and have picked up a minty clean, newly serviced naim nac 72 ,hicap, and wil try find a power amp in the coming weeks . Possibly. 180 or 250 if i can stretch the budget or find a billy bargain.

    Iv been reading that i should only use the naim nac a5 cables but it seems a bit pricey at nearly 200 quid for a pair of the recommended 3.5m lengths . Is there anything else out there that i can use that wont break the bank and stil sound good??

    Cheers
    Karl
    Linn sondek LP12 with Roksan Nima / Mose Hercules gold power supply / Ortofon Rondo red cartridge with upgraded nude shibata stylus/ Firebottle Phono stage / Naim Nap 180 / Naim NAC 72 pre / Avondale DR'd Naim Hicap power supply / Marantz cd6005 / Spendor SP2/3R2 / Chord interconnects / Witch Hat N2 speaker cable / Atacama Equinox rack(currently unused for lack of space)

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    Wow
    That LP12 plinth looks stunning!

    Older Naim power amps need NACA5 type speaker cables to keep the circuit stable (and not blow up!).
    Jerry

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    Naim speaker cables often come up in the classified ads, at pretty sensible prices. I still choose to use NAC A5 cables even though I no longer have a Naim amp in the system - these are very good cables by any standard, and although awkwardly stiff, would still be my logical choice.

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    Thanks mate i went for santos rosewood. Lovely character.
    Yeah im aware of the capacitance issue was just wondering if anything else out there did the job as well?
    Linn sondek LP12 with Roksan Nima / Mose Hercules gold power supply / Ortofon Rondo red cartridge with upgraded nude shibata stylus/ Firebottle Phono stage / Naim Nap 180 / Naim NAC 72 pre / Avondale DR'd Naim Hicap power supply / Marantz cd6005 / Spendor SP2/3R2 / Chord interconnects / Witch Hat N2 speaker cable / Atacama Equinox rack(currently unused for lack of space)

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    Ok i shall keep my eyes peeled mate, cheers . Would prefer to use naim as it was designed for the job , just dont like the price ha. Iv read linn cable is usable but not sure on how it would sound?
    Linn sondek LP12 with Roksan Nima / Mose Hercules gold power supply / Ortofon Rondo red cartridge with upgraded nude shibata stylus/ Firebottle Phono stage / Naim Nap 180 / Naim NAC 72 pre / Avondale DR'd Naim Hicap power supply / Marantz cd6005 / Spendor SP2/3R2 / Chord interconnects / Witch Hat N2 speaker cable / Atacama Equinox rack(currently unused for lack of space)

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    Early Naim amps needed a minimum of 3.5 mtr of their own or similar cable to prevent them going unstable. Later ones are safe with any cable which isn't highly capacitive. A good one, which doesn't cost the earth and is easier to work with and hide than NACA, is Talk 3 at 4/mtr.

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    Thanks Dave , i shall have a look. Does it perform aswell as the naim cable or shall i stop being a tight git and get my hand in my pocket ha
    Linn sondek LP12 with Roksan Nima / Mose Hercules gold power supply / Ortofon Rondo red cartridge with upgraded nude shibata stylus/ Firebottle Phono stage / Naim Nap 180 / Naim NAC 72 pre / Avondale DR'd Naim Hicap power supply / Marantz cd6005 / Spendor SP2/3R2 / Chord interconnects / Witch Hat N2 speaker cable / Atacama Equinox rack(currently unused for lack of space)

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    Van Damme HiFi is an excellent alternative for NACA5, which I use with an ancient Exposure amplifier. Due to its shotgun spaced construction it has the very low capacitance and moderate inductance that older Naim, Exposure & current #### amps like.
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    Thanks for the reply mate i will add that to the list of possibilities ����
    Linn sondek LP12 with Roksan Nima / Mose Hercules gold power supply / Ortofon Rondo red cartridge with upgraded nude shibata stylus/ Firebottle Phono stage / Naim Nap 180 / Naim NAC 72 pre / Avondale DR'd Naim Hicap power supply / Marantz cd6005 / Spendor SP2/3R2 / Chord interconnects / Witch Hat N2 speaker cable / Atacama Equinox rack(currently unused for lack of space)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbird View Post
    Thanks Dave , i shall have a look. Does it perform aswell as the naim cable or shall i stop being a tight git and get my hand in my pocket ha
    The NACA is nothing special and now very expensive for what it is. Obviously, you will get a different answer from the Naim forum.

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