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Akurate DS direct into Naim power amp?
2018-01-14, 13:55
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Akurate DS direct into Naim power amp?
Hi - I'm currently looking at my options moving from a Naim system to a Linn Akurate level system (ADS/1 and 2200). As an interim measure I might use an ADS direct into a Naim power amp but wanted to check whether this is possible/ advisable? I have read posts where folks have used Linn streamers into Naim amplification but this is usually through a pre-amp.

Would welcome any advice.
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2018-01-14, 14:18
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RE: Akurate DS direct into Naim power amp?
It's certainly possible and no real reason not either. I think people who use an additional pre-amp were wary of the digital volume control in the streamer, but these days it's not such an issue as it may have been with the /0.

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2018-01-14, 18:03
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RE: Akurate DS direct into Naim power amp?
Just make sure you set up your ADS through the Konfig before you switch on the power amp - the ADS volume control may be disabled and that would not be good for your speakers!

You'll need a phono to XLR (or DIN?) interconnect for most Naim amps - your dealer should be able to get these for you.

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2018-01-15, 08:17 (This post was last modified: 2018-01-15 08:22 by Wat.)
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RE: Akurate DS direct into Naim power amp?
Which NAP? I used Chord Hugo in to NAP200 before I got MSDM. My dealer provided a special Naim cable with RCA connectors for Hugo & DIN for NAP. IMO it sounded better than when I had Naim DAC & Pre. I’m sure same setuo would work with ADS instead of Hugo. Naim power amplifiers are excellent, but frustratingly mine buzzed (transformer) so moved to equally excellent buzz free Linn amplification.

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