Limited to only 500 units worldwide, the Special Edition includes the Solstice turntable, the all new redesigned take of the iconic Aro tonearm, Equinox MC cartridge & of course the Solstice series phonostage & power supply. Your Solstice Special Edition will also include a bespoke accessories set including an exclusive LP from Naim Records.

Packed to the brim with innovation it offers stunning sound quality without the complications and labour associated with many high performance turntables. Every element of the Solstice Special Edition has been precisionly engineered for outstanding performance. At all times.

A timeless Naim design

Naim products aim to be both timeless and contemporary. The designs eschew unnecessary visual adornment that do not serve performance goals. Solstice Special Edition design is functionally coherent, encourages use, sharp - almost brutalist - and wears its innovative materials and design solutions with pride.

A legacy that lives on

Naim's founder, Julian Vereker often considered a Naim-designed turntable. Tragically, he never realised his plans before his untimely death in 2000. However, his legacy lives on with this project and the team behind Solstice Special Edition.

Legendary Naim Technical Director, Roy George, came out of retirement to work on the Solstice Special Edition project, explains: “I still often think about Julian, and how he would have regarded the products we have designed since he died." "I believe he would have very much approved of the engineering solutions and final performance of the Solstice Special Edition.”

From then to now

Even after the arrival of CD in the 1980s, Naim continued to champion vinyl, producing the iconic ARO tone arm in 1989. Aro has always set a benchmark in terms of delivering incredibly natural, organic and lifelike musical performances. Its design allows the cartridge to extract enormous amounts of the information from the grooves of a vinyl record, but with an incredible sense of flow and correctness to the resulting sound.

High quality materials for improved performance

Updating Aro for Solstice Special Edition involved retaining the original’s design principles and excellence, but boosting performance further still by using improved materials – including tungsten and carbon-fibre - and adding an all-new, no compromise bias, arm height and azimuth adjustments.

New Aro may be stiffer still, but its approach is more flexible: it retains the familiar three-point fixing – maximising the integrity of the critical interface with the Equinox cartridge – but also has two-point, slotted fixings for alternative cartridges. There’s even finally a lift-lower device.

Engineered with Swiss-watch precision

The Equinox cartridge's Moving Coil (MC) inner assembly sits in a solid aluminium housing machined from a single billet. A raked silver polished chamfer passes over the black cartridge edges, simultaneously communicating the unseen facets of the diamond stylus and giving a nod to heritage Naim ‘chrome bumper’ designs.

Equinox is an MC cartridge with a microline stylus shape - closer to the original cutting lathe head to enable the retrieval of accurate high-frequency information. To maximise stability and energy transfer, the stylus, cantilever and motor components are securely clamped to the cartridge body, which itself is attached to the headshell with a three-point fixing.

Phono Stage NVC TT
 

With the goal of making a glorious-sounding phono stage that was also easy and flexible to use, Naim referenced previous designs such as SuperLine, but also the pinnacle of Naim engineering: the Statement amplifier. The Solstice Series Phono Stage is the first to feature the Discrete Regulators developed for that flagship.

Unique know-how

Led by Technical Director (Electronics), Steve Sells, Naim's expert engineers designed simple but elegant circuits, fed by our acclaimed high-performance DR tech, which provides the smooth, stable power supply that’s vital for next-level performance. Production technicians then take premium components and fanatically measure, select and match them for ultimate accuracy.

For greater flexibility, fly-by-wire input switching, loading and gain were included. Fly-by-wire allows the controls to be conveniently located on the rear panel and the internal circuits ideally placed for optimal performance.

Power Supply NPX TT

The Solstice Series Power Supply is a bespoke design that powers both the turntable and the phono stage. For the ultimate performance, these two different power supplies are completely isolated, with no risk of interference.

Raising the game (and lowering unwanted noise) even further, the turntable power supply - like the Solstice Phono Stage – features Naim DR technology, providing the cleanest possible power. It’s also a smart power supply, which can detect the turntable has stopped and go into a 0.5W power sleep mode for standby.

Precision engineered by Naim and Clearaudio

While the Solstice Series NVC TT phono stage and NPX TT power supply are hand-crafted in Salisbury, the NVS TT turntable, ARO arm and Equinox cartridge are exactingly manufactured to Naim’s unique design by Clearaudio.

Clearaudio shares our values of high-end audio and Naim has worked closely on the Solstice project with the German specialist for more than two years, continually listening and refining to deliver the unmistakable sound of Naim from a turntable, for the very first time.
 
 

SOLSTICE SPECIAL EDITION TURNTABLE

Parameter Solstice Special Edition Turntable
High performance turntable with carbon Aro unipivot tonearm
Power Supply input connector Type 2
Speeds 33 1/3 rpm, 45rpm
Motor Type High torque 24V DC brushless
Motor Control Optical feedback
Tonearm Audio Output 5 pin Mini DIN
Front Panel Clear Acrylic
Naim Logo White illuminated
Logo Brightness setting 3 position switch - High, Medium, Low
Dimensions (H x W x D) 182mm x 420mm x 358mm



EQUINOX MC CARTRIDGE

Parameter Equinox MC Cartridge
Moving Coil cartridge
Audio output Individual 4 pin
Frequency Response 20Hz - 40kHz
Output voltage 0.4mV
Cartridge impedance 11 O
Recommended tracking force 2.2g - 2.4g
Recommended MC input resistance value 100O
Recommended MC input capacitance 1000pF (= 1nF)
Recommended MC Gain setting High
Weight 8.0g



SOLSTICE SPECIAL EDITION POWER SUPPLY

Parameter Solstice Series Power Supply
DR regulated linear power supply
Standby Power Consumption <0.5W
Other Connectors Mini USB (update only)
Front Panel Clear Acrylic
Naim Logo White illuminated
Logo Brightness setting Button - High, Medium, Low
Mains Supply 110 to 120V and 220 to 240Vac
Dimensions (H x W x D) 70mm x 214mm x 330mm
Weight 5.6kg



SOLSTICE SPECIAL EDITION PHONO STAGE

Parameter Solstice Series Phono Stage
Switchable MM/MC phono stage with MC load adjustment
Gain MM: 42dB
MC (low & high gain): 61dB low gain and 67dB high gain (switchable)
Signal to noise ratio MM: 83dB ref 5mV A-wtd
MC (low & high gain): 84dB ref 0.5mV A-wtd (both gain settings)
RIAA accuracy +/-0.1dB
IEC cut (Partial) – 2dB at 20Hz and -3dB at 14Hz
Cross talk >75dB
Max output signal 8Vrms
THD+N MM: <0.005% ref 50mV input
MC (low & high gain): <0.005% ref 1.5mV input
Loading MM: 47kO and 100pF
MC (low & high gain): 1000O, 600O, 430O, 330O, 250O, 215O, 185O,165O,150O, 140O, 125O, 115O, 105O, 100O, 90O, 85O

100pF, 400pF, 700pF, 1000pF, 1300pF, 1600pF, 1900pF, 2200pF, 2500pF, 2700pF, 3100pF, 3400pF, 3700pF, 4000pF, 4300pF, 4600pF
Headroom MM: 22dB ref 5mV input
MC (low & high gain): 23dB ref 0.5mV input low gain setting, 17dB ref 0.5mV high gain setting
Power Supply input connector Type 1
Audio input MM: Stereo RCA
MC (low & high gain): Stereo RCA
Audio output Stereo RCA, 5 pin DIN, 8 pin DIN
Front Panel Clear Acrylic
Naim Logo White illuminated
Logo Brightness setting 3 position switch - High, Medium. Low
Power input +/-18V DC @300mA
Dimensions (H x W x D) 70mm x 214mm x 329mm
Weight 3.4kg