I think that some members who don't agree with me are actually agreeing without realising!
Someone said "its got more resolution and definition" with NAPC
l agree with this, its exactly what l'm saying that's what the NAPC does but if Paul McCartney wanted more Res & Def he would have adjusted his tone controls appropriately. My definitive opinion is Bass especially is more real without the NAPC and nothing to do with taste. My speakers have 12" bass drivers and 12" ABR which probably means l can hear how it is more than most as most bass amps have 15" drivers. When l owned a Naim DAC a few years back l added a 555PS which hardened up the sound like the NAPC. I was told the XP2 used on CDS3 would have been a better match. l don't think "upgrades" are a definitive improvement, my ears decide, always.
I have just been informed by WITCH HAT that l will need a hi cap to connect my Subwoofer but if this alters the tone balance l might have new problems
I am resurrecting this thread and repeating this same remark I have posted earlier in May - If you feel the 202 to sound better without the NAPSC then let it be. There is no right or wrong in this game as it is mostly down to personal preferences.
I recently tried listening to the 202/200 without the NAPSC and power supply. It's the first time in 9+ years I am doing this as I always had the 202/200 connected with both NAPSC and power supply. I am not using a Naim Hicap with the 202 so I couldn't mention the name of that power supply.
Long story short, the 202/200 does sound different without both NAPSC and power supply. In my case, it's a bit different as I have both NAPSC and PSU connected to the 202/200 whereas you only have the NAPSC connected. Running the 202/200 bare, the bass is less controlled and free as a bird. In translation, it may be what you have described with the bass sounding more real.
I will reconnect the NAPSC to the 202/200 some day, followed by the power supply. The 202/200 is my secondary setup so expectations are not high with the system. That partly explains why the system still sounds great without the NAPSC and power supply. I would be more inclined to think that the 202/200 sounds different from the 202/200/NAPSC/Hicap rather than one sounding better than the other although the general consensus is the latter is sonically superior.
Bottomline - if you think the 202/200 sounds better without the NAPSC opinions from others do not matter.