I had a Fraim about ten years ago, and yes, it’s very good. I sold it when I downsized my system. It would be wrong, though, to portray Fraim as the only rack in town. You can get near to the performance for a lot less money, and without the higher maintenance of ownership. It seems very likely, as Wenger has mentioned, that the jump from the modified Apollo to the Fraim is a lot greater than that from a rack that is already pretty good.
One thing I do wholeheartedly agree on is that a really good rack makes a really big difference with Naim, and that it’s something to address sooner rather than later.
I remember HH saying that he thought HiFi Racks somewhat leadened the sound, which led me to have doubts about my two stacks! However, @S3 posted pictures of his and the benefit of isolation shelves, and advised. Now we both agree that the Naim, glass cups and balls do the job.
The 252 I’m demoing now sounds as good the 552 I demoed without the isolation. I’m quite relieved to have a cost effective improvement. The icing would be to have predrilled recesses for the cups, but there is no movement of the glass.
Given their relative low cost and attractive appearance I feel content now and at the same time a bit miffed to have spent two years getting the best out of my boxes and cables. Racks really are fundamental.
I looked at Quadraspire and thought they were pretty expensive, and my wife and I did not like them as much as the solid oak I have. Once again, Wenger, your Black Fraims are really cool 😎.