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
I have owned a NAIM system for 10 years and started with mostly second hand parts.
The system was:-NAC102, NAP250 x 2, Flatcap 2, IXOS, CD5 - New, Intro Speakers - New
The first upgrade was to Allae speakers and that made a difference. Then the CD5 was swapped for the HDX, the NAC102 for a NAC282, the Flatcap for a Supercap and I added the NAIM sub as the bass always seemed inadequate. That all made a BIG difference, in particular to the bass and the clarity of the sound. However having the NAP250s serviced by Andrew, given that one was 28 years old and the other 25, and neither looked like they had ever been updated, has made the BIGGEST difference. It sounds almost like a completely new system and the sub is redundant. The sound is bigger, deeper, clearer and the missing bass is now there in spades! I only wish that I had known about having the NAPs serviced before!!
Great job Andrew!"