Marcus, yes auditioning 500 series amps (and source when it was availble) is almost impossible here. Not that I have asked my dealer if he could arange a 552 demo. But juding from the difficulty of arranging a din-xlr demo for my 300 (of any cable) I assume it would not be very easy to arrange.
I see you have SL full loom, were you able too find a demo din-xlr cable, or did you make your purchase based on faith (and din experience)?
It looks like I at least will be able to audition din-din versions of SL against Chord Signature TA, Sarum T and Music in the upcoming weeks. Not a bad start...
No, I was not able to demo any other SL cable except the DIN-DIN cable.
This was when the SL cables were new on the market. I think that I listened to the first SL DIN-DIN-cable in Sweden and no DIN-XLR or Speaker Cable were available for demo.
Why did I buy the full loom of SL without listening to them? Well, at that time I did not find any dealer/distributor to borrow Chord Cables from. The Naim distribution in Sweden was about to change so no dealer bought the SL cables. There was only the DIN-DIN SL that I could listen to.
With NDS-NAC252-NAP300 the upgrade possibilities I saw then was:
- Second 555PS on my NDS
Since NAC552 was not possible to demo I compared the other two options. Since I thought I got roughly 50% of the performance lift changing Hi-Line to SL DIN-DIN compared to adding the second 555PS I draw the conclusion that full loom of SL would be better than a second 555PS. Since I already had the Hi-Line and NACA5 it was also cheaper to go with the full loom of SL-cables.
Now I think it should be possible to demo the full loom of SL and also compare it to Sarum T (or maybe even Music). I have not checked what’s available right now but almost a year ago when I listened to Chord Music DIN-DIN (as an bonus during another demo) I was told that it soon would be possible to compare SL, Sarum and Music for more cables than just DIN-DIN.
If I was in the same position today I would definitely compare SL vs Sarum. Now when I already have the SL I don’t know if I dare making that comparison…
I also think that it’s not wise to listen to Chord Music if you’re not in a position to buy it. I was very impressed by the DIN-DIN Music-cable that I listened to…
Since it’s not possible to have SL cables in all positions I now have a mix of SL and Sarum SA (Ethernet, Snaic 5 and speaker links). Yes, I also have PowerLines as power cables so not only SL or SSA.
Since it’s also (to my understanding) chord cables in my Kudos speakers I’m a little tempted to try Sarum T instead of my SL-cables and instead of my powerlines.
Since cables is very expensive I would like to find out if it’s wiser to instead save money long-term for a NAC552 and try to forget about the cables…
Please report back what you think about SL, Chord Signature TA, Sarum T and Music. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the different cables.