NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

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NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Fiddy » Mon Nov 13, 2023 6:47 am

I think it'll look badass on top of my blue cab... Hopefully sounds good, or better than a Spark 40 at least.


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Re: Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red. ♥️

Post by panoramic » Mon Nov 13, 2023 6:59 am

Fiddy wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2023 6:47 am
I think it'll look badass on top of my blue cab... Hopefully sounds good, or better than a Spark 40 at least.


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it looks really nice to be sure.
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Re: Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Fiddy » Mon Nov 13, 2023 7:01 am

Had free shipping and no tax. My arm was twisted.

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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by marqueemoon » Mon Nov 13, 2023 11:09 am

Curious to see how this works out.

I’ve often been tempted by their baby solid state combos for the cuteness factor.

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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by OffYourFace » Mon Nov 13, 2023 10:51 pm

Cute little single ended amp. Let us know how it is..

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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Fiddy » Wed Nov 15, 2023 7:43 am

Will do, should arrive today. Im pumped.

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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Fiddy » Wed Nov 15, 2023 1:32 pm

The clean channel tskes pedals like a champ. The dirty channel is kinda meh... A bit noisy, but have only played it for about 4 minutes total. Will properly test later tonight.

I do need to get an 8 ohm speaker though... I may have some NOS tubes for it too. I'll check.

Cute, eh?


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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Fiddy » Wed Nov 15, 2023 2:36 pm

Never realized how much of a difference can different tubes make. I mean, I knew, but I think this circuit makes it more noticeable.

The original tubes make it sound dull. This old RCA just sings, with a lot less noise too. Also added a vintage Rogers in the preamp section.


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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Maggieo » Mon Nov 20, 2023 1:52 pm

Sweet!!!

Tubes make a huge difference, especially in smaller amps. My Wangs 5W turned into a monster after I pout some NOS tubes in it.
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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by hulakatt » Sun Nov 26, 2023 6:16 pm

Nice! I love Hiwatts and have eyed those Hi-5's up from time to time. Seems a bit silly to have an OD channel on a 5 watt amp though, doesn't it?
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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Fiddy » Sun Nov 26, 2023 6:33 pm

The OD channel sounds great, crank the gain to about 8, keep the volume at around 2-3, and i get awesome chrunch

When i crank the volume on the od channel, it sounds kinda meh though...

I really like this amp. Im very happy with it. My traditional Jag sounds fantastic through it.

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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by OffYourFace » Mon Nov 27, 2023 2:26 pm

cool! what were the original tubes? tbh I don't care that much for old tubes these days as they are really old now haha. The quality of new tubes is very spotty. I've opened up brand new boxes and have found white fog at the top :-/

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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Fiddy » Mon Nov 27, 2023 5:43 pm

Came with JJ's.

I'd like to get a nice Hiwatt cab for it...but money is tight unfortunately.. :'(

It's a cool amp, maybe I'll open it to share its innards one of these days...

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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by hulakatt » Wed Nov 29, 2023 4:06 pm

Fiddy wrote:
Mon Nov 27, 2023 5:43 pm
I'd like to get a nice Hiwatt cab for it...but money is tight unfortunately.. :'(
I'm restoring a poor Hiwatt SE4122 cab that someone stripped, painted and replaced the grillcloth with wire mesh. Maybe this should go in the "what did you do to me?" thread.

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Re: NAD Hiwatt Hi-5 limited edition red

Post by Fiddy » Wed Nov 29, 2023 4:35 pm

That poor thing. Has lots of potential though.

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