Periodic Servicing of Equipment

Objectives

To maintain the original sound quality over a period of many years and to ensure consistent and reliable performance throughout.

Strategies

Given that your equipment may be decades old, some of the original components will no longer be made and indeed, some of the companies who made them will have long since disappeared.

During the time since your equipment was designed and manufactured, component technology has brought about many improvements in design and raw materials leading to a lengthening of the lifespan of these items. The choice of components has broadened to the point where it’s become possible by searching manufacturers’ specifications to select a particular piece to replace an ageing item however, specifications alone give few clues as to how something will sound and it’s relatively easy to ruin a performance by unwise choices.

This is where our experience comes in – over many decades, we at Avondale Audio have been able to locate and audition suitable replacement parts known for their reliability and, more importantly, how they impact on the sound.

We hold massive stocks of highly respected components to enable us to service your equipment and where the outcome is well known and is invariably enthusiastically received by the owners.

You may have noticed the many agencies now setting up as ‘Service Specialists’, many with only a basic knowledge of how the circuits work and more importantly, how they interact with one another. At Avondale Audio, maintaining sound quality means not just throwing in some capacitors, then after a rudimentary check, dispatching the equipment back to the owner. We take delight in going the extra mile and in restoring a piece of equipment, not only to original specification but implementing the techniques learned over many years, leading to a significant improvement over a longer period of service.

Improvements

It helps to appreciate that all commercial products are designed to a fixed price. Over the years, Les has amassed a veritable encyclopaedic knowledge of just where the money was saved during design and has researched an ideal replacement part for just such a situation. Sometimes, the substitution of just a few parts in a particular system leads to a substantial lift in perceived performance whilst in others, more reconstructive steps, have to be taken such as replacement of the regulator assembly in the NaimHiCap by the highly sophisticated TPR4.

Replacement of the original NAP amplifier boards of the NAP250 is a very popular upgrade and as we take the original boards in part-exchange for the NCC200s, means a very cost effective route for the Naim owner seeking an upgrade.

These are just some of the projects we offer and the range of improvements is enormous and growing with every month.

We tend to generate close relationships with our clients and a simple request for a return ‘phone call will enable us to discern where your appetite lies and what might be the best way to achieve just the level of improvement you seek.

Future Projects

Currently under development is a module for the XPS power supply where the entire capacitor/regulator assembly is replaced by our own and at a cost only a fraction that of the DR model from Naim.

The voicing of the Avondale NCC300 amplifier module is well advanced and will be available to NAP135 owners once the auxiliary PCB design is completed later this year. To whet the appetite: The NAP135s will be elevated by this mod to the status of ‘Super Amp’ having an output of over 125 Watts into most loads with speaker protection on-board.

Please bookmark our website and Facebook pages and check for further announcements on these and other exciting developments.

****ALL Service and Upgrade prices are under revision – please contact us to check prices whilst the updates to the website are being made i.e whilst this message is displayed. Thank you. ******

Arranging a service

StepDescriptionAdditional notes
1.Decide which service you want.If you need help or advice just contact us using the form at the bottom of this page, or telephone us and we'll be happy to help.
2.Book your service.We'll write back to confirm costs (including any return carriage costs if you are unable to collect it) and give you a date for you to send your equipment to our workshop.
3.Pay for the service.We'll send an invoice via email for you to pay. If you are collecting your unit in person, you can make payment then.
4.Send your equipment to our workshop.You can deliver in person to our workshop in Chesterfield or post it.
5.We complete the service and soak test the unit.Usually takes a few days to complete this stage to our satisfaction.
6.We'll confirm when your equipment is ready.You can arrange collection using your own courier, or pickup in person.
**Notes about returning equipment to you if we arrange it.We'll charge you for insured, 'signed for' shipping if you do not arrange your own collection.We will ship to UK residential address only. Typical cost will be £15 - £20 depending on what you have serviced.

Preamplifiers

ModelPriceDetails - please note that prices do not include any carriage costs.
Naim Audio NAC 32£147Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAC 32.5£147Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAC 42£119Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAC 42.5£119Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio 62£147Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio 72£147Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio 82£199Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio 92£147Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio 102£199Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio 52£259Full service - Brand new electrolytic and tantalum caps, re-setup and deep clean

Integrated amplifiers

ModelPriceDetails - please note that prices do not include any carriage costs.
Naim Audio NAIT£159Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAIT 2£159Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAIT 3/3R£217Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
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Power amplifiers

ModelPriceDetails - please note that prices do not include any carriage costs.
Naim Audio NAP 90£119Full service - audiophile grade capacitors, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAP 110£127Full service - audiophile grade capacitors, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAP 110£159Full service PLUS Avondale NAP 110 PSU upgrade PCB installed
Naim Audio NAP 140£136Full service - audiophile grade capacitors, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAP 160£159Full service - audiophile grade capacitors, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAP 180£147Full service - audiophile grade capacitors, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAP 180£447Full service PLUS NCC200 upgrade modules installed
Naim Audio NAP 250£199Full service - audiophile grade capacitors, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAP 250£499Full service PLUS NCC200 upgrade modules installed
Naim Audio NAP 250£479Full service PLUS HCR200 upgrade modules installed
Naim Audio NAP 250£679Full service PLUS NCC200 and HCR200 upgrade modules installed
Naim Audio NAP 135£179Full service - audiophile grade capacitors, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio NAP 135£336Full service PLUS NCC200 upgrade modules installed
Naim Audio NAP 135£327Full service PLUS HCR200 upgrade modules installed
Naim Audio NAP 135£488Full service PLUS NCC200 and HCR200 upgrade modules installed

“The SuperCap is sounding better and better, it was quite a shock the first time I listened to it because you do not realise how big an improvement it is.

You get so used to the sound of your own system (with the old power regs) that when a big improvement happens it really knocks you back.”

Power supplies

ModelPriceDetails - please note that prices do not include any carriage costs.
Naim Audio SNAPS£120Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio SNAPS£247Full service PLUS the Avondale TPR4 dual precision regulator installed
Naim Audio FlatCap£89Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio HiCap£159Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio HiCap£270Full service PLUS the Avondale TPR4 dual precision regulator installed
Naim Audio XPS£189Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio SuperCap£259Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio SuperCap£847Full service PLUS six (6x) Avondale TPR4 dual precision regulators installed
Naim Audio 52PS£279Full service - audiophile grade capacitor, new tantalums, re-setup and deep clean
Naim Audio 52PS£899Full service PLUS six (6x) Avondale TPR4 dual precision regulators installed

****ALL Service and Upgrade prices are under revision – please contact us to check prices whilst the updates to the website are being made i.e whilst this message is displayed. Thank you. ******