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    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    I'm Jerry.

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    Naim speakers.
    Gosh.
    Wouldn't touch 'em with a barge pole!
    Put me down as not-a-fan.
    Jerry

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    Join Date: Sep 2012

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    I've had a couple of pairs, bought black ones cheap to try, then burnt the budget to a minty pair of Walnut beauties.

    No other speaker has such fast and controlled bass, true, there's not huge amounts, but the punch is addictive.

    I had a go active, but won a foo filled Audio42 passive crossover which I thought was better. There's a thread on Pinkfish about DIY crossover build.

    Bit of triggers brush, I changed the tweeters to Scanspeak D2905/7000, they needed some woodwork to fit, but Hiquphon OW1's are a drop in replacement and upgrade.

    They like an upgrade, they'll play with a Nait 1, but sang on my Naim/Avondale pre/power

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    Join Date: Apr 2009

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    Known in the trade as ssssssBL because of their bright sibilant presentation. Put them with Naim Olive and you will not need to visit the Dental Hygienist anymore because they will remove the plaque from your teeth right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    Known in the trade as ssssssBL because of their bright sibilant presentation. Put them with Naim Olive and you will not need to visit the Dental Hygienist anymore because they will remove the plaque from your teeth right there.
    I never tried my first pair with the Olive series, I had the Chrome bumper set up then and didn't feel it was tooooooooooooooo bright lol. Know what you mean about that piercing treble though, the second pair were nasty until I swapped the tweeters for a used pair.
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    When I was in retail we used SBL's as our day-to day speakers and I've set them up loads of times and listened to them for many, many hours (all of this was with Chrome and Olive Naim gear, but also amps from other manufacturers). They aren't really bright in the way Dave's description suggests but they certainly can sound a bit hard and edgy. The bass is quick and dry sounding but the problem with the treble is more where the mid and the tweeter meet. It helps if you have a very well behaved source and smooth sounding amplification may help (though not so much in the bass perhaps). What I did find, in my view anyway, was that NacA5 speaker cable was a step too far and result could be very hard and 'clangy'. When partnered sympathetically they can sound quite remarkable - really good rhythm and expression. They can sound bloody awful too . Oh, they also seem quite room variable which you don't really know until you install them.

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    I'm not too worried about getting them and hating them as they're quite easy to move on and get your money back, but if this is the case I'll be sure to try or check everything such as positioning, cables and gaskets etc before I make my final verdict 🙂
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    Heard a pair of mark 2 SBL's a couple months back. They sound good. But do have a rather 'forward' kind of presentation.

    Idiosyncratic speakers, so not for everyone.

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