Have you looked on the Naim forum?
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Unlike earlier Naits, the 5i doesn't require NACA5. If you check the Naim forum, though, you will be told that NACA5 is essential for the best performance. A few dissenters might recommend Chord Odyssey 2. I ran mine with each (although I used the NACA5 for just a week and it was 2 meters than the recommended 3.5 meters a side) and now use Blue Jeans 12 gauge (Belden 5000). To my ears, all three are just fine.
I don't own a Nait, but a very good and trusted Naim dealer recommends the NACA5. He sells far more expensive cables, so it's not a sales pitch. He feels there are better speaker cables out there, but with the Nait/NACA5 combo, you have to spend a ton of money to get a true improvement. Different cables will sound different, but the NACA5 is hands down the way to go in his opinion.
I know this because I was very close to buying a Nait, and have spent a lot of time in that shop. He's a very down to earth guy who thinks system synergy is the most important thing (other than the music).
Thanks guys - that's just the kind of information I'm looking for. So far, here on agon, even split. The seller tells me that the NACA is quite critical, but I can't use it in my system. My speakers take only spades, and the run is about 18', too long for NACA. This is for a bedroom system - Jordan singlel driver speakers, and the only place for the amp is on the nightable - no moving stuff around. If any one else has done this experimentation, please chime in. I too will be using the Bluejeans speaker cables.
Thanks again for your input, Peter
I am using Transparent MusicWave speaker cables with a Naim NAP 250-2. Here is what Naim has to say about the topic (from their forums):
And this is what Transparent had to say about their MusicWave cable when I asked:
The MusicWave speaker cable by itself has specifications that are fairly typical for a twisted-pair, 12 gauge copper speaker cable. It is not a high capacitance cable design which Naim warns against using, but it is not as low in capacitance or as high in inductance as the parallel, spaced-conductor design of the Naim speaker cable: