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Loudpeakers

Hi

Have recently got myself a Naim Uniti Star and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations regarding loudspeakers. Currently have a pair of Rega R7s which are good but sound a bit hard and bright at high volumes. I have thought of trying Spendor A4s, PMC twenty five/23s and ProAc D20Rs. Have also read good things about Neat speakers. My local dealer has recommended ATC SCM40s but believe they may need a bit more power. Would appreciate any advice.

 

Was also wondering other Star users had noticed a difference in sound quality between the integrated tidal and tidal played through chrome cast or airplay. To my ears the integrated tidal has much more bass and is less bright. The sound on cd is also much brighter but seems to have less bass and body.

Naim Star.

Bought the star about the same time as you and I like it a lot.As to your query I find exactly the same sound differencies as you.The speakers I use are ART Skibo/Harbeth P3/Klipsch rb51.I went to north west audio show this weekend and thought Neat sounded very good,did not enjoy ATC very tiring after 5 minutes.At 70 I prefer a more up front sounding speaker such as the Skibo.Having spoken to Gareth James (Director) of Ophidian at the show I did like the sound of the MOJO speakers he was producing and they are British (I only buy British these days).Not much help I now but again I hear the same as you but it doe's not worry me at all.

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Without information on budget or aceptable size it is a bit hard to make suggestions, but how about the Harbeth M30.1? Power output of the Naim is not generous, but should be enough in many UK living rooms. If the room is larger, the Harbeth SHL5Plus may be a good option. Or, alternatively, you may boost power as well by using two small subwoofers (and something like the Antimode 8033 room eq).

I cannot think of a reason why the inbuilt Chromecast function should sound different from an external unit, provided you are using the optical connection.

As for CD sound, are you using a digital output of the player? If so, again there should not be any audible difference.

This is not to say you are not hearing any differences, because you have almost certainly not level matched the different sources. Here, louder will always sound better. Unfortunately, level matching has to be very precise (to within 0.2 dB) and that is only possible with an accurate volt meter. Match the levels, and the differences will almost certainly disappear.

Willem

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