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Naim NAP500 + NAC552 Trade In

£37,998.00

I have the unique opportunity to offer a Naim NAP500/500PS DR and NAC552/552PS DR for sale. Both have original box and all accessories included. Original RRP is £53,998 for these 4 units so this is a very rare opportunity to aquire something special.

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Description

As the debut product in our reference 500 Series range, the NAP 500 is a monumental expression of Naim Audio amplifier technology.

Its design was honed over six years of collaborative work with suppliers of specialist parts and each product takes days of dedicated assembly by our most skilled technicians in Salisbury. It’s this eye for detail, alongside its remarkable power, that allows the NAP 500 to bring your music into breath-taking focus.

New Statement Technology 

Our flagship Statement amplification system was ten years in the making. The research and development project drew on all of our knowledge and expertise, yielding several breakthroughs in technology. We’ve recently introduced two new technologies from the Statement project to our core range of power amplifiers.

The NAP 500 now features the new NA009 transistors first introduced in Statement. In development for over a year, this key component was created in partnership with a specialist semi-conductor manufacturer to achieve the best possible sound quality. The 500 also includes the high power Naim Audio DR (Discrete Regulator) technology used in Statement to provide the smooth, stable power supply we know is critical for the audio electronics to make music come to life.

These two new technologies, combined with other small improvements to layout and componentry, mean the NAP 500 DR can produce even more of the fundamental musical pace, rhythm and timing that made the originals so popular with music lovers.

Features

  • 140W per channel output into 8 ohms; capable of prolonged output into 2 ohms with no discernible impact on performance

  • Bridged power amplifier configuration for maximised open and closed-loop speed, with ten stages of local regulation per channel

  • Two-box configuration with 500 PS power supply for optimum rejection of electromagnetic interference

  • 1,100VA toroidal transformer provides 12 raw DC supplies for the power amplifier

  • 25kg brushed, black-anodised chassis with distinctive heatsink plus variable speed intelligent fan system for discreet extra cooling if required

Technology & Craft

The NAP 500 delivers 140W per channel into 8 ohms and is capable of prolonged output into 2 ohms with no discernible impact to performance. Its two box configuration is classic Naim Audio, with the power supply completely removed to the separate 500 PS power supply for ultimate performance. Each channel of the NAP 500 includes ten stages of local regulation. To reduce interference from the mains supply further, the transformer and first stages of the power supply are in a separate enclosure, the 500 PS, which provides twelve raw D.C. supplies for the power amplifier.

A bridged configuration allow for maximised open and closed loop speed, less intrusive protection circuitry and reduced interaction between input and output signals as the very high drive currents to the loudspeaker do not flow through the system earth. The NAP 500 also features the new output transistor, the NA009, specifically designed for the purpose through months of collaborative work with a specialist supplier. The circuit topology has been developed to maximise bandwidth and reduce distortion and power supply dependency. Also, special attention has been paid to reducing thermally-induced noise, an especially important consideration in power amplifiers.

NAC 552 Preamplifier

Our preamplifiers epitomise everything we believe in. Starting with our revolutionary NAC 12 back in 1974, Naim Audio preamplifiers have both rewritten the rules and set the standards for others to follow. The NAC 552 is second only to our Statement NAC S1: its distinctive two-box configuration marks it out from the competition just as surely as its unfettered musicality reflects our core values. It’s one of the best preamplifiers we’ve ever produced, and by extension, among the best in the world.

Features
  • Two-box configuration for optimum rejection of electromagnetic interference
  • Split-rail power supply featuring 800VA toroidal transformer, three smoothing capacitors and new Discrete Regulator (DR)
  • Fully suspended sub-chassis for superior isolation of sensitive circuit boards
  • AV bypass mode for simple connection to an existing AV system
  • Support for both DIN and RCA inputs to facilitate connection into a wider range of systems
  • Independent listen and record banks for maximum flexibility
  • Assignable inputs for enhanced usability with a range of sources
Technology & Craft

Like every component in our flagship 500 Series range, the NAC 552 has been developed without compromise or constraint. Its two-box design, which houses the power supply components in a separate enclosure to better control electromagnetic interference, is classically Naim Audio. By contrast, the 552 PS DR power supply itself employs radically new thinking, including a new split-rail configuration that virtually eliminates power supply noise in the signal earth.

The sound-critical electronics of the NAC 552 are mounted on a brass sub-chassis, which is fully suspended on coil springs at a frequency below the threshold of human hearing. This method of suspension maximises isolation, hence minimizing the effect of vibration on the highly sensitive electronic components. Carefully selected precision rotary potentiometers with precious metal wipers are used to preserve music integrity and ensure long-term stability.

The NAC 552’s six inputs can be selected directly from either the front panel or the remote control. In addition to the usual DIN inputs, preferred for their superior earthing and impedance matching, the NAC 552 owner can configure two of the inputs for use with the more common RCA phono type connectors, enabling the use of alternative components with pre-owned interconnects.

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