Speakers N Ovator S 600

A revolutionary sound source replaced the Naim Ovator S 600 (7800 EUR the pair) two ordinary. With resounding success.

  1. Speakers n Ovator S 600
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After prolonged concentration on electronics products, the British high end label Naim with the Ovator 600 is now delivering the first model in a series of completely new sound emitter. At the same time it bids farewell to the long advocated philosophy of middle-wall speaker positioning and bends the market that prefers mostly vacant positions.

The guys from the island therefore not jettisoning their audiophile conscience. The Ovator was so much already betrayed, perfected grown Naim virtues such as speed or precision and put new on top.

The most significant innovation is a so-called balanced mode radiator, short BMR. The outwardly inconspicuous, technologically most demanding sound source with an only 8.5 centimeters large sandwich diaphragm made of Nomex and special paper stroking over a gigantic wide range of frequencies around 400 Hz up to a value of nearly hundredfold.

Thus, the BMR audiophile meets the desire of many after a possible broadband sound source that completely comes up on a filtering towards bass without electrical intervention.

Now arises the question of how this behavior with a solo diaphragm more than six-octave is to succeed. Conventional broadband systems bundle the sound as we know even more, and the high frequency wavelengths become shorter to stream sounds.

The BMR achieved a huge bandwidth

The BMR spotlights bypasses these relationships through a combination of two diverse types of vibration. Its moving parts are tuned so that the spotlights below 1.8 kHz as a conventional mid-range unit works as a kind of rigid piston.

At higher frequencies the membrane as a so-called distributed mode loudspeaker behaves DML, just based on patents of the British company of NXT. This relatively seldom-used construction form a variety of tiny micro-sound source swings somewhat random and unrelated neighbours. Due to the missing correlation, there is no clear correlation between membrane surface area, frequency and angle behavior in such emitters.

Therefore, the BMR can radiate unusually wide even the highest notes. He surpasses even much smaller dome tweeter in this discipline and helps the Ovator 600 to a unusually large listening area.

The development of the BMR was leading operated by Karl-Heinz Fink (see interview on page 128) and his consulting firm in Essen. The chassis of the Ovator 600 in Germany are produced, Assembly and final inspection take place at n.

With the use of the BMR does not apply not only the compulsion for an electrical isolation in the middle of the ear most sensitive frequency range, also omnidirectional, and energy distribution are uniform, because it does not have a mechanical displacement, one jump from a larger to a smaller chassis. The color simulation of the behavior of angle on the following page illustrates this effect Central for the design.

Two conventional broad bass driver with ultra linear drives and 20 centimeters large paper cones, which perfectly harmonize with the sound of the BMR according to the manufacturer responsible for the area below about 400 hertz. The Ovator are at least as ambitious as the chassis Assembly. In their design the listening experience of Naim developers came to the course as sophisticated measurement and simulation techniques as well. When all modernity also details, for which there is no technical evidence can be found in the box.

Small technical harmonisation of the sound

The magnets in some places carry the Facers, arranged the sound more harmonious. Multi-layered walls of the enclosure are very stiff but not hard like concrete, because this musicality would be detrimental.

The Ovator 600 stands on a base in cast aluminium, with which it is connected via a two-point bearing in the front area and a leaf spring in the rear of the enclosure.

The storage of the BMR is similar to well thought out and probably prone to replica. The driver resides in a high-volume aluminum cylinder that is mounted front and rear spring and after having removed the packing like a Jello responds to tapping. Bass and BMR to work so completely not influenced each other. Dealing with the new Naim proved to be extremely pleasant, for many reasons. So the series copies sounded much complex than the more brittle early patterns on the last year’s high end trade fair.

On the other hand, the Ovator was one of those especially socially species that will be moved not only endless or drive comes only with certain equipment and sound examples.

Which doesn’t mean that a careful list is superfluous at the Ovator. Assisted water balance, wobble-free targeting hardened spikes rewarded that the spatial figure that a lead more flat became as betting be weavers bright at close, mechanically as haptically solid box with an increase in their tonal stability, specifically by no means but diffuse.

The motto of the Naim, who gave a superb sense of rhythmic contexts and tonal accuracy, could rebuild the sounds out of nothing and also fix back came to rest, without – and this is the true art – musical contexts to hack or to sterility accuracy with no raised forefinger seemed generally. This so absolutely desirable unity is by no means obvious even at twice the price.

Solidity and maturity, ultimately resembled a magnifying glass the Ovator 600 and revealed details that one so calm-sounding enjoyment transducer not in right off the bat would expect one himself in the powerful Groovy bass cellar.

Although or precisely because there is no separate tweeters, the Naim sounded incredibly open and brilliant, with the sound character certainly is unparalleled in its unobtrusiveness in four-digit price range.

Who would like to know, should require the Ovator sound Pretiosen like the album “Autumn shuffle” of the Swedish guitarist Peder af Ugglas (Opus of records), was recorded at Stockholm’s largest church. So vibrant real life, Bell-clean and ultimately feeling real you have probably never heard blues and jazz. If so, it was either live, or had an exorbitantly expensive high end chain available.

Naim audio Ovator S 600

Manufacturer Naim audio
Price €7800.00
Rating 61.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Width 40.1 cm
Height 116.8 cm
Depth 43.4 cm
Weight: 61.0 kg
Installation tip: free-standing, distance 2.5 m, normal damped rooms from 30 m²
Measured values
Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL 3.9 V
Impedance minimum stp 3.1 ohm
Maximum volume upper value 105 dB
Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz) 105 dB
Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 40 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 32 Hz
Short conclusion Rock-solid new BMR driver Nobel stand Cabinet. Immensely fine and particularly homogeneous sound of high mature. A de luxe product of quality!
Sound Absolute top class
Naturalness 13
Fine resolution 12
Border dynamics 11
Bass quality 13
Figure 12
Sound points (70 points) 61
Measured values 7
Practice 5
Valency 9
Overall rating (max. 120 points) very good 82
Price / performance outstanding
tested in output 3 / 10