One of the best brands of Hi-Fi I have come across to date. This product has stood the test of time and its flagship power amplifier, the NAP-250 has been used as a benchmark through all of its various generations from the older chrome bumper right up to the current model. I have had many of the older versions come in for a restoration and go out performing better than when they were purchased. The reason for this is the capacitors available today are of a higher grade than what was available back in the 1980s.
The Naim Audio factory recommend servicing of power supplies (Hicaps, etc) and power amplifiers to be done every 8-10 years. This is because the capacitor’s electrolytic fluid dries out over this time and they can no longer hold the charge they used to. This is a gradual degradation and just like a car slowly wearing out it is not always noticeable until we have it serviced. Other vital components are also changed as a preventative measure against more serious damage that can be caused as they deteriorate. CD player laser mechanisms invariably fail over time, if the mechanism is still available
then I can change it, solving disc reading issues ninety percent of the time.
Inside a Naim Audio NAP-250 power amp. All discrete circuitry, meaning that there are no ICs to go out of production like some other brands, rendering them irreparable. The secret to its performance lies in the quality of parts chosen and the simplicity of its design
After hearing all the rave about the Linn LP12, I decided to acquire one (Valhalla, Ittok) but it was uninspiring compared with my Well tempered Classic. So I came to Andrew (whom I met at Audio Trends) to service and upgrade the LP12. We agreed on the Cirkus, new armboard and sub-chassis and Trampoline, as well as installing a Lyra Delos which I bought from Andrew. Andrew astonished me by ordering and finishing it in a week! His charges were entirely reasonable. The LP12 is a creature transformed. Still very different from the Well Tempered but there is an ethereal quality which draws one into the music (shades of the Sirens?) Andrew is clearly an expert and passionate about the Linn, and I would heartily recommend him.