Complete bollocks. Holidays and meals out enrich one's life extraordinarily. Who wants to sit by themselves listening to music all the time? I'm always saying this, but a 552 won't change one's life.
Been there done that. (all kinds of Holidays and all kinds of meals). In fact I am on holiday now, ending in 2 days and what's the first thing I will do, go home and play some records on my Naim system !
Who wants to sit by themselves listening to music all the time? I can't think of anything more fun to do in my case.
I've always loved the thrill of a live musical performance, and I get this thrill with Naim amplifiers.
as I said the only reason to be content with a 282 instead of 552 is lack of money.
Technically, what 552 offers is a lower noise floor, where more micro-details (low level ones where cues of emotion are present) - more resolution is apparent in a side by side comparison with 282. Much superior resolution of bass notes too, everything is just better on a 552. Bigger soundstage also, huge 3d and holographic.
This lets more music through simples.....