thinking about buying a naim nac 112 preamp but peoples opinions vary, and I have been given mixed feedback from people who have/do own them?
Is it any good??
I can't afford a higher spec preamp.
If you are financially challenged (in that you can't afford a more expensive Naim preamp than a 112
), can I suggest you would be better off buying Naim's original
preamp - the NAC12s? I would think this must
be cheaper to buy than the 112 and I would suggest it will not
I still have the one I bought 30 years ago (now in my "second" system but heavily modified
) and there are many things you can do to it, to make it sound better. I guess it depends if you are a DIY "modder" or not?
The 12s is, basically, a "motherboard" onto which 3 pairs of PCBs can be planted. The first pair are the phono boards - MC or MM and you can buy about 5 different versions of these - so you're not necessarily stuck with the ones which came with the 12s you buy. Later editions sound better than earlier ones.
The second & third pair of PCBs form the basic line-stage preamp. These are also available in several versions - or you can go to Avondale who make their own (higher performing!
Another thing you can do is mod it into "12s-5" spec ... ie. powered by a HiCap. This feeds 2 x 24v DC rails, separating the powering of one pair of boards from another - which improves it.
The only possible downside IMO is that it has only 3 input selections (which is enough, in my second system).