NAIM 282/250DR/HC2DR against Accuphase E5000

Hi, I’m building a system again from scratch after a divorce. My speakers will be Kudos Titan 606. Contemplating integrated Accuphase E5000 vs separates NAIM 282/HCDR/250DR.

I hear both are a good match to the 606, in my country I can get a better discount on Accuphase and so the prices are E5000 USD $11,400 vs the NAIM combo. USD$ 14,250.


I like most music except jazz and most classical.


Naim integrateds are not very good. True Naim quality starts from 282/250DR in my book. If you want to go integrated, look at other alternatives such as Accuphase, Luxman, Pass Labs etc.

The Accuphase E-5000 and Naim 282/250DR would sound quite different. GENERALLY, Accuphase is more to refined, warm and glowing midrange and treble. Naim is more to pace, rhythm and dynamics. Nothing beats a home demo in your room, with your speakers.

@ryder - I wasn’t talking about a Naim integrated. You are correct that they can’t approach the quality once you reach the 282/250 level. I don’t think the OP would be satisfied with a Naim integrated. 

Ryder hit the nail on the head here, I have either had or currently own both of the systems youre comparing.  Both are powerful, but the Accu is more refined and grown up sounding, the Naim is more energetic and presents a big stage.  What was missed is that the Accu is dead quiet at idle, no hum, hiss or buzz anywhere while the Naim, and all of them, hiss quite a bit.

Thanks all, looks like the Accuphase E5000 is the one for me. Especially for the price against the 282/250/HC combo. that VFM is very, very poor in my country.


Chayro, May I ask what Integrated amp. you went with ?

I am using a Heed Lagrange with the dac card. I simplified my previous system which was the Heed Obelisk integrated with the optional power supply and the Heed Abacus dac. Very good, but too many boxes and cables for me. The Lagrange is a very nice amp, but I think it would be underpowered for your purposes, as it’s only 60 wpc. Plenty for me though.