If the cost is not barrier enough, I have to agree that the number of boxes might be the final barrier. If it was 3 boxes, then it really becomes hard to also run a CD555, which would really be a big shame, given the investment many might have in the humble CD. (Yes, I know they could all be transferred to FLAC or similar, but would be a shame).
If it is really that phenomenal I could get past the cost barrier, but not the box barrier. There is zero chance I would buy a 3 box streamer, absolutely zero. It isn't like their other streamers are not quite good and that the Linn KDS isn't one of the best streamers out and only requires one box. I hope they rethink their strategy, even for those that can afford the best, the aesthetics and practicality are a absolutely huge consideration. It has to be able to fit comfortably in your listening room or it won't fly.
Agreed whole heartedly with the box count. I am so over that. Thankfully my 552/500 setup is limited to 4 boxes. The idea of a three or four box count source is not at all appealing to me. A similar reason that I moved to a Urika from SuperLine/SuperCap. Two external boxes to - none.
After my CD555 I gave up waiting for Naim and moved onto the Linn KDS/1 (I skipped the initial version) - as many others here have done.
All one single box - and the ability to easily upgrade from KDS/1>2>3>4 as technical innovation and improvements have come along these past 10 years. Each and every upgrade logistically and economically feasible. Unfortunately black boxes are not upgradeable - and I am not talking via power supplies - but rather technical innovations as and when they happen. One needs to bin the black box and start over again. I am tired of doing that and am happy with the ability to keep my DS and LP12 current in a very easy and hassle free manner.
With that said no doubt the new range will sound great and I am looking to forward to hearing what they have come up with. I am sure it will once again take the position of being class leading and innovating.