Then why are not they not showing them with Focal speakers?
They have stated they will keep the brands uniquity but Naims most expensive speaker is around 30000 pound and also comes in an active version. Focal, on the other hand, have one of the most expensive speakers out there. So a couple of years after the merge Naim release something that is far from their normal portfolio, an amplifier who can make the best speakers in the world sing. And according to the article Wizard linked to they were matched with a pair of Utopias on CES.
Ok, I was going by the picture in the previous post which was a Naim speaker.
Let's not forget that LH, only a few years old, is making a DAC to the 120K price point, so it may have nothing to do with Focal.
I still think it is about headline grabbing, and being sensational. Is a 200K "statement" product going to get the press into the room,
or a $2200 UnitiQute? I think we know the answer.
Maybe so, but still. Naims profile have always been far away from these kinds of ultra expensive products and their fan base usually is not, according to my experience, not so very interested in super high end. They just want a well build product with a sleek design. I actually think that a product like this can somewhat damage the brand well established image. I think Focal is the driving force behind it. Naim already have a lot of amplifiers that match the normal Focals, but for the super serious Utopias, maybe not so much. So maybe this is the first statement that will eventually follow with a line of expensive reference equipment for the owners of the utopias.
Julian Vereker would be rolling in his grave.
Certainly not his vision of why he founded Naim.
Looking at the Statement.. the build quality looks very impressive ( which it should do for $200K ). Question is how it would compare with some of the other "less expensive" ss gear...like the Technical Brain or the D'Agostino or the Dartzeel gear.
Next up is the $10M statement amp from Goldmund..and limited to a worldwide production of ten. ( which they expect to sell out in a day, LOL).
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