I've never liked it despite trying to like it and buy it on two occasions. The up side is that I got to keep a considerable sum of money in my possession twice. I had hopes for the DR but nothing fundamental has changed. It's a Marmite amp and I remain in a disliking minority.
The closest I can get to describing how it seems to present material is to use a photographic analogy. Take a full length portrait shot, crop the top of the head and the soles of the shoes so close that they are not quite visible. Nearly but not quite. Over saturate the colour and render it ever so slightly out of focus. Not so much that it appears blurred but doesn't quite snap in.
Would I have preferred silence? Of course not.
Were we grateful for the loan? Of course we were.
Nothing comes up to 500 levels of magic. I wouldn't try to compare a 250 with a 500. But unlike the 500 I don't think it is peerless and I do think it can be bettered for less. I love Naim but I'm not *that* desperate.