Naim Nait 5i vs. Arcam A85 - input appreciated!

steve.williams -- Sun, 06/13/2010 - 17:14

I have owned the Arcam A85 for 3 years, and am happy with it's detail + low noise background.  Very curious about the (rave-reviewed) new 5i, and any performance advantages over the Arcam - if anyone knows both.  My Arcam is paired with a Cambridge Audio Azur 840C, Def. Tech Towers (BP7001sc), and Cardas Quadlink cables.  Thanks to Mr. Harley for finally getting this long-time TAS subscriber on-line!

steve.williams -- Sun, 06/13/2010 - 17:18

Input please.

 steve williams

David Matz -- Sun, 06/13/2010 - 21:07

Listen to the Naim in your system for several days.  It has pace, rhythm, and timing.  Forget "performance advantages".   The sound will either grab you or it won't.

JKStraw -- Thu, 07/15/2010 - 00:02

 the current the A65+ employs does not match paper specs. I have had it for a year new out of box fro a reseller and have had ti hooked uo to a pair of focals - which has a remarkable synergy between the two. My money id on the arcam for musicality and that non fatiguing listen all day aspect. Keep your eyes on audiogon is this may be for sale s I have too many system and would love for this to go to a new home. Have everything original and this has unfortunately not even see 50 hrs of play. Im on audiogon under same user name. Im looking for $350.

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