Focal, Naim, IsoAcoustics, Kimber Kable in the Kennedy Hi-Fi room

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Focal Powered by Naim is a new initiative taken by the French company Focal in collaboration with the English company Naim, designed to offer consumers high-performance all-in-one audio systems assembled in synergy by two of the world’s largest and most sustainable manufacturers. audio sector.

The speakers on display in the Kennedy room included two pairs of Focal 926s, one of which, taller than the other, was threaded with IsoAcoustics Gaia ll stands, the other with the original stands. The electronics included a Naim ND5 SS2 streamer (5540 US$), which comes with four 24/192 digital inputs, and a 70Wpc Naim Nait SX 3 integrated amplifier (5540 US$), while the cabling consisted of the Carbon series by Kimber Kable.

This was my second time taking part in an IsoAcoustics A/B listening test between speakers with Gaias and those without, and although there was a light that came on to let us know whenever the Gaia-equipped speakers are on, again like the first time, I didn’t need any stinking light to hear the difference – it was immediate and obvious. While the Focals sounded great without the IsoAcoustic stands, when the Gaia-equipped ones were activated, the soundstage exploded expansively, adorned with clearer highs and more detail. When the other pair was activated, the presentation seemed to shrink and darken in comparison.

IsoAcoustics has a database of 5000 speakers that can tell you which model of their isolation stands will work best with your speakers. Price is $700 for two boxes of 4.

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