Naim Au­dio State­ment

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An­other show­stop­ping prod­uct, , this — it was great to see the UK stal­wart Naim Au­dio let go the reins and cre­ate the great­est am­pli­fier it could imag­ine… As Naim’s Elec­tronic De­sign Di­rec­tor, Steve Sells, told us, “It’s been in my sketch book for years and an am­bi­tion ever since I first started to de­sign am­pli­fiers as a teenager. It’s a dream come true to ac­tu­ally make a prod­uct like State­ment a re­al­ity.”

And what a de­sign. De­vel­op­ment be­gan in earnest in 2011, and three years later, Naim Au­dio launched it­self into the realm of the ul­tra high-end, with the State­ment’s sep­a­rate pream­pli­fier and two power amps com­bined in a stun­ning com­bi­na­tion of sculp­tured or­ganic curves, the larger top sec­tions “sus­pended on a blade of pure light”. And of course, crafted “for pure mu­si­cal per­for­mance”, as Naim says. An easy pick for our Ul­ti­mate 30 —the Naim Au­dio State­ment.

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