||06-24-2012 04:36 AM
Originally Posted by aces high
I believe that is why Naim doesnt have huge power claims, they give you the quick transient response and deal with the peaks very well, but to keep costs at what they are, especially for the $$ of the Nait 5i, XS and Unity, they cant have large power amps.... maybe
when I watch a movie in 2-ch with just the naim running which I have done a couple times now, the naim doesnt flinch, ever. I thought that Immortals was gonna kill the speakers/Naim, not an issue at all, and it was loud.
I think with Naim they also want to keep the small form that they're customers are accustom to, I'm sure as you move up the line with Naim people would except a larger physical size but probably not at the entry level.
One advantage you have right now is that your listening position isn't that far away. You told me you were watching something at -11 the other day, at that level with your seating distance the math says that your at the limit of what your Naim can do cleanly. Any higher and theoretically you would be pushing it into distortion.
At a seating distance of roughly 2m you'll lose 6db, subtract that from the 86db efficiency of your speakers and your starting at 80db.
80db - 1w
83db - 2w
86db - 4w
89db - 8w
92db - 16w
95db - 32w
98db - 64w
At -11 you would have been listening to roughly 94db peaks, even moving up to -8 would be really pushing the Naim. Maybe even past what it can do cleanly, well maybe not at 5 or 6 ohms but your getting right up against the limit. The good thing is that your Naim will handle your normal or loud listening levels pretty easily as I don't think you really go any higher than -10 on a regular basis anyway. Neither do I.