I've just received my fully serviced and DR'd 500 back from Naim via my dealer. I had to wait until the wife was in bed before installing and playing it quite quietly. Six albums later I noticed that it was 3am in the morning. I thought the jump from 135's to a stock 500 was big but the 500DR is just a different animal.
Whie my 500 has been away I reinstalled my trusty old 135's that have been sleeping in my loft. I also manged to get one or two minor issues sorted out and and thought the 135's were sounding pretty fantastic. Comments from a mate who came round the other night just reinforced this. He loved the sound of the system. Then late last night the 135's were switched out for the 500DR. All can say is that from stone cold the 500 just obliterated the 135's. Every track I played took on new meaning. The emotional connection to the music was extraordinary. I heard so much new stuff I was questioning if I'd been listening to the same albums.
If this is what life is like 1 day in I truly dread to think what it will sound like in 3 weeks?
When asked to sumerise a 500DR I will simply say "it is the destroyer of worlds"!