Over the weekend I auditioned both the Nait XS 2 and the SuperNait 2 at a Naim dealer.
First I heard the XS 2. I was blown away by how rich the sound was. The midrange was just so smooth and valve like warm. The dynamics were also top notch. It was very enjoyable listening to it.
Then I heard the SuperNait 2. This had the same Naim sonic signature but the resolution was higher. There was clearly more details to be heard. The bass was also much more defined and tighter.
But to my great surprise the midrange though still beautifully smooth and Naim like, was no way near as rich and warm sounding like the XS 2. In comparison the SuperNait 2 sounded boring and analytical or “digital”, while the XS 2 was just so enjoyable and “musical” to listen to.
At first I thought the SuperNait 2 wasn’t fully broken in but I was told right way that both units were throughly broken in and if anything the XS 2 was the newer arrival at their shop.
So why does the XS 2 have a much better midrange than the SuperNait 2? I was expecting this to be a no contest between the two. Now this is so confusing as I don’t know which one to get. I love the bass and resolution of the SuperNait 2 but the XS 2’s sound was so seductive!
I would love to hear advice and comments. Thank you.