As I’m sure you’re aware, the 82 is limited in the power it can draw from a SuperCap. The usual solution to this is to suck it up and buy a 52 but after numerous inquiries, our engineers have devised an innovative alternative. Relying on their Naim heritage, they’ve built something that not only sounds phenomenal but holds Naim’s signature sound and engineering standards.
Naim designed the 82 so the maximum number of rails of power it can take from any power supply is 4. This is known all too well by the unfortunate few who decided to upgrade from 2 Hicaps to a Supercap only to notice no real difference! The 82 Superlink gets past this, derestricting the amp and allowing access the 10 rails of power the Supercap has to offer.
We start this mod with one simple cosmetic change, replacing the link plug for our custom 10 pin socket. This is wired internally so each part of the 82 has it’s own direct source power instead of relying a shared one. This is much neater than other attempted solutions available in the marketplace as it retains the original chassis, the changing of which would risk affecting the Naim note.
Once you’ve had this fitted you can get rid of the two SNAICs that currently run between your SuperCap and 82 in place of our custom Burndy cable (pictured below). This is an 18 pin Burndy plug split into a 5 pin DIN (for signal) and 10 pin Hirose (for power). This in keeps with our ethos of separating out the power and audio lines in order to maximise the fidelity of the audio signal improving the clarity, precision and timing.
Now I’ve got your interest, I’m sure you’re wondering what actually does to the quality of the sound. Well, by giving each section of the 82 a direct line of power, you’ll achieve a sound much more like the 52. Our engineer estimates this is about 80% of the way there (to his ear) but at 25% of the cost of a second hand one that’s not a bad compromise! You’ll find it to be a much more laid back and refined sound and hear a definite improvement over a stock 82.
This will could help you get off the dreaded Naim upgrade train, but what if you don’t want to? Well we’ve already thought of that and therein lies the real beauty of this mod: it is designed from the outset to have complete backwards compatibility. We provide 2 link plugs so you can use this with a Hicap, two Hicaps or even just being powered from the power amp. This means there needn’t be a problem selling it on in the future.
If you’re interested in hearing more about this mod, call us on 0330 660 0402 or use the contact box on our website.