Connection
Magazine

Born in Fire

The distinctive heatsink of the NAP 500 power amplifier has become a hallmark of Naim Audio quality.

Share

In order to create this complex structure from solid aluminium we collaborated with a specialist foundry in North Wales more used to casting high-performance parts for aerospace and defence applications than for high-end hi-fi. They offered the kind of quality and fine tolerances our flagship amplifier demanded.

The distinctive heatsink of the NAP 500 power amplifier has become a hallmark of Naim Audio quality.

The manufacturing process involves multiple steps — first a pattern is created from which the injection tool is cast. The tool is then heated to incredibly high temperatures (the exact number is a closely-guarded trade secret) by virtue of a massive kiln (pictured) before molten aluminium is injected. once the part has cooled and solidified the outer mould is broken away with high-pressure water jets to extract the finished aluminium piece. 

Related articles

12 September 2019

We’ve got a lovely new product showroom here in Salisbury, which allows us to demonstrate any...

09 August 2019

We've just introduced the latest member of our award-winning Mu-so wireless music system family...

09 July 2019

We have just launched the 3rd generation of our acclaimed NAIT and SUPERNAIT integrated...

28 June 2019

Located on different sides of the world, but sharing a similar musical pathway, COUNTERPART is...

15 May 2019

This month, we asked multi-award winning heritage act Empirical to curate a playlist of their...