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    Noise with SB and Naim

    I have an SB2 connected to my Naim Nait 5, and there is a constant low noise from the speakers (regardless of whether the SB is on or off). The noise does not get louder if I increase the volume on the Nait. Is this likely to be a grounding problem with the Naim, or something with the RCA --> DIN cable? Or should I get a better power supply?
    I have another setup with an SB3 and a Tivoli Model Two, and there is no noise.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    /Munge

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    Noise with SB and Naim

    I have a friend with Naim gear and it has always been funny about
    grounding and electric shocks if you touch the wrong component (that's
    one way to keep people from touching your gear!). I don't know if
    your problem is a floating ground, etc, but I'm pretty sure the issue
    is with the naim. Now I remember.. The Naim is prone to ground loop
    issues and folks often disconnect the ground to get around the
    problem.. That results in a dangerous piece of gear that causes shocks
    when touched. I don't know what the safe solution is.

    Maybe there is a Naim forum where you could get more specific Naim info?

    FL



    On 12/14/06, Munge <Munge.2isw6z1166091301 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
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    > I have an SB2 connected to my Naim Nait 5, and there is a constant low
    > noise from the speakers (regardless of whether the SB is on or off).
    > The noise does not get louder if I increase the volume on the Nait. Is
    > this likely to be a grounding problem with the Naim, or something with
    > the RCA --> DIN cable? Or should I get a better power supply?
    > I have another setup with an SB3 and a Tivoli Model Two, and there is
    > no noise.
    > Any help would be appreciated.
    >
    > /Munge
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    There is a NAIM forum at www.naim-audio.com and you may get the best help there.
    However, I've been running all NAIM gear with an SB3 (with stock psu and Elpac psu) and then a Transporter and have never experienced any humming or ground loop problems. I think there are a couple of others on this forum who also run NAIM and SD gear without problems.
    I'm not sure I'd like to disable the earth from one of the devices though.
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    What else do you have connected to the Nait?

    The SB3 has no ground and Naim systems expect a signal ground to mains earth connection in the CDP.

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    Nothing else is connected to the Nait. Also, the power cable to the Nait is connected to an un-grounded outlet (only have grounded outlets in the kitchen/bathroom).

    /Munge

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    Senior Member Patrick Dixon's Avatar
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    You're obviously not in the UK.

    The Nait should be grounded through the mains lead - the ground is connected to the metal chassis and provides a safety earth in the event of an internal fault making the metalwork live. Maybe if you're on 110V this isn't considered necessary ...

    If you can, I would experiment by making an earth connection between the 0V pins on one of the Nait's input DINs, and mains earth. That references the signal earth to mains earth for the system, and is the way Naim systems are generally wired (the connection is made inside a Naim CDP).

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    Senior Member Wombat's Avatar
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    I just used an 100 Ohm resistor to couple my ground to earth in my power amplifiers. This should be enough for static. I also added a 100nf capacitor in parallel. Works like a charm and all humming is gone.

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    Thanks for the advice!
    A new linear power supply made the noise disappear. Unfortunately, I won't be able to change to a grounded connection for the Nait.

    /Munge

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