Naim NAC122X + NAP150X Pre & Power - Used
Avoiding the numbers game
The NAP150x, meanwhile, has a revised, uprated power supply with separate transformer windings for each channel and an enhanced supply for the preamp, which in the usual Naim way gets its juice from the power amp. There’s nothing on the fascia to distinguish old products from new – but then Naim doesn’t do model numbers in that way.
The result of the tinkering within is a cleaner, clearer sound than the originals managed: listen to The Streets’ Empty Cans and this Naim pairing charges along at full throttle, pounding out the rhythms of the music beats with breathtaking force. The NAP150x’s maximum output is just 50w per channel, but you’d never guess from the way it grips just about any loudspeakers. This has long been a Naim hallmark, in that its amplification always claims very modest power outputs, and yet sounds a lot bigger, and capable of keeping even unruly loudspeakers under tight control.
Switch to something more subtle, such as Van Morrison’s Moondance, and the Naim pairing obliges with touching renditions of Crazy Love and Caravan not to mention the title track. The Van’s vocals are full-bodied and packed with character, and the backing band sounds like it’s bang in the groove
NAIM NAP-150X Stereo Power Amp
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