Naim NAC 82 Preamplifiers

NAC 82

solid state preamp

User Reviews (4)

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Ploeppe   AudioPhile [Apr 10, 2010]

151k serial number...I bought it secondhand, where it had hardly been used by another fellow. It's one of the late 82's, though. It's exceptionally good, period. I have been told by a couple of people that the late 82 with two Highcaps (and the NAPSC it comes with) sound better than the earlier 52's. I can't speak to that, but I had to add that the addition of a second Highcap makes the 82 sound way better. With one HC it sounds a lot like the 102-a bit better, but nothing like how it sounds with two power supplies. I will be trying a "Teddycap" that will replace all the Naim power supplies here in the near future. I paid $1900 for mine-mint condition. If I were a wealthy individual, I'd have paid full pop-it's that good. AND-for me this is most important-it has a "mono" switch. I find that the mono switch is an absolute necessity when listening to older RVG recordings...it seems he didn't understand the concept of stereo for a while (drums and bass panned hard right, sax and piano hard left-very realistic, Rudy. You should'a called Tom Dowd.) For me, the mono switch alone is worth the upgrade from the 102. But make no mistake, properly powered this is and amazing preamp. Right now I'm using it with a pair of 135's; soon I will add a 250 and a SNAXO and biamp my SBL's. Sources are a lowly CD3.5/Flatcap-a very good combo, but admittedly not up to the preamp-amp config, and a rather highly modified Moth (Rega) turntable with a rewired and massaged Rb300. I have owned a 32, 32.5, 102, Nap's 160, 250, and 135's. All first rate kit.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
JOC   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 14, 2008]
Strength:

Solid straight line power,pretty near to the 'straight wire with gain' dream teamed with the Linn's it is dynamic and flowing.

Weakness:

Dealing at this level of hifi audiowise its almost hair-splitting on sound quality. You have a lifetime repair availability, its appreciating in value despite the digital age and yet can still do a wonderful reproduction of digital so whats the weakness?

Only got one thing to say Steve C got an absolute bargain (??$1300). These things are still changing hands in the UK at 2000 (pounds sterling). Rock solid pure class A and the sound touches your soul.

Currently running mine with two hicaps, SNAXO 4 + hicap,x2 NAP 250's bi-amped to a pair of Linn Espeks with an 'old' Marantz Signature series CD player. Its just magic, had the local Naim boy around and his comment pretty near perfect despite its age. Upgrade? Linn Keilidhs to Espek.

Love it!

Similar Products Used: Linn, NAD, Rotel
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Steve C   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 10, 2002]
Strength:

Impressive build and no-nonsence ergonomics and looks. People say the preamp is just a switching box with a volume control but a preamp of this class proves how important this element of the chain is.

Weakness:

Too expensive new, but good value used - around 50% of the cost.

I bought the NAC82 preamp second hand last year - upgraded from a NAC92! For the Naim virgins, that''s skipping straight past NAC72 and NAC102 in one go. What an excellent product. Used with a single Hi-cap and NAPSC, and sitting at the heart of my LP12/Lingo/CD3.5/Flatcap/NAT02/NAP250/Linn Keilidhs, it really is the best component I have overall, as it benefits both CD & LP sources. I''m sure the NAC52 is even better, but even at second hand/used prices it''s way over my budget. Still, I''m not exactly suffering with the 82..

Similar Products Used: NAC92
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5
VALUE
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4
Wilf Winter   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 21, 2001]
Strength:

Moved from Linn to Naim, what an eye opener! detail, clarity, definition, dynamics and most important of all, the sound. Hard to imagine better, must go active one day!

Weakness:

none that I have seen.

With the rest of the Naim kit I have it makes up a system that I find hard to fault and always leaves me impressed by the effortless manner in which it deals with all music. Particularly good on acoustic instruments and large scale, dynamic works.

Similar Products Used: Linn seperates system and various other manufacturers products.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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3
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