- Written by Michael Jude Galvin
- Published on 27 February 2014
Introduction to the Naim Supernait 2 Integrated Amplifier
1983. The compact disc is introduced and record companies everywhere rejoice at the prospect of selling everyone worse sounding versions of music they already own. The universe, however, seeks a balance. The same year, Naim unleashes the first Nait integrated amplifier and the product category is never the same. The runtish, low-powered amplifier was controversial on many fronts, but its astonishing degree of musicality was never in dispute.
As I write this, Naim has again caused a stir in the form of its $200,000 Statement system unveiled at the 2014 CES, but in 1983, Naim didn't just surprise the industry, it defied it. Naim never published an official power rating for the original Nait (13 WPC?), the two line-level inputs were available via DIN (#WTF) socket only, the volume knob was on the left, the speaker outputs were reversed (left to right), and they would only accept speaker cables terminated with banana plugs.
It was the embodiment of some firm convictions, to say the least. It also had the good fortune of being born into a time of some truly amazing music. While most everyone was still picking up the pieces of their blown minds over 1982's Thriller, Sonic Youth, Tom Waits, David Bowie, The Police, Violent Femmes, REM, Talking Heads, The Fall, New Order, and Depeche Mode released important new albums throughout 1983. And fittingly, U2 released War (because, like, Naim was declaring war, get it?).
The Naim Supernait 2 integrated amplifier does not deviate from their unique path that began more than three decades ago.
NAIM SUPERNAIT 2 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER SPECIFICATIONS
- Design: Integrated Solid State Stereo Amplifier
- Output Power: 80 WPC (8 Ohms); 130 WPC (4 Ohms)
- Dimensions: 3.5" H x 17" W x 13" D
- Weight: 29.5 Pounds
- MSRP: $4,900 USD
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