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Two boxers both from UK have been assigned a boxing match. One is from Salisbury, the other from Essex. The Salisbury boxer weighs 64kgs and is currently the flyweight champion. The Essex boxer weighs 130kgs and is a respected cruiser weight boxer. The fight referee is my friend Makesh and the venue is his home.

All expectations are that of the Essex boxer having it his way over the Salisbury boxer and that the match would not last long, or so it seemed in the preconceived notions of the spectators. What happens is actually quite the opposite. Not only does the Salisbury boxer hold his ground but ensures a technical knock out (TKO) in the 6th round of the match! The match is over.

The Salisbury boxer is none other than the Naim Nait 5i and the Essex boxer is the Rega Elicit-R.

The accompanying equipment’s in 'the ring' were as follows:

Source: Technics SL1210 with Denon DL103 MC Cart / Philips CD750 Speakers: Merlin TSM BME Cables: Interconnects: Belden VDH / Speaker Cable: NAC A5

So why did the outcome not go as perceived? On paper, the Rega Elicit-R has 2 chief advantages: 1) It outputs 105Watts @ 8 Ohms 2) It weighs 13 kgs

The above were the reasons that made Makesh consider the Rega Elicit-R as a worthy replacement over his current Naim Nait5i which ‘only’ does 50watts @ 8 ohms and weighs 6.4kgs.

What did we learn from this match? 1) Power alone means nothing and 2) Just going by weight of the equipment could also be misleading

Makesh felt that there could be a couple of reasons why the Rega Elicit-R did not fare well in context of the boxing match, one of them being that the Naim Nait5i was well burned in, whilst the exact burn in period of the Rega Elicit-R remains unknown. Second was the presence of the NAC A5 could also be one of the contributing factors that went against the Rega Elicit-R. My answer to both of his reasons say the contrary but then let’s leave it for another article!

Moral of the story – All that appears isn’t true, so make your own conclusions based on merit & performance alone, as most often than not, they are the only way to know for sure whether you are headed in the right direction or not. Am already looking forward to the next boxing match!

PS: Just cannot get the song 'Get In The Ring' by Guns 'N Roses out of my head and wished that I had carried my Use your Illusion II CD along to play this tune during the boxing match.

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