Sorry, but I forgot to thank Jack at the Audiobarn and the teams from Kudos and Naim for a wonderful demonstration of the new Titans and possibly a new era in Naim active amplification. A very interesting and thouroughly entertaining day.
Thank you, for a from the heart review, but with great detail. In the past I had an active Naim SBL system, going active is special. The potential of future Naim, non Focal systems is very enticing.
So 707s actively driven by a 300/300PS DR four pack might be rather nice?
Yes Chris, rather nice indeed I bet. In fact the 707s will be demoed in active mode with 2 x 300DRs at an audio show in the East of England in early November. Not sure if forum rules allow me to say any more. I will certainly get along to it if I can. Having heard active 707s with 250DRs, I can't imagine how they will sound with 300DRs!
I've heard Kudos 707s driven by 552/500 and they were sublime. Without actually hearing the 707s with NAP300/300PS DR I sensed that they might need more oomph to really sing - but it will be fun finding out
Chris, I think you have a point. The passive 300DR I heard with the 707s today I felt was the minimum required. However with 2 x 250DRs they certainly did sing. With 2 x 300DRs fronted with a NDS/552, well that should be something!
So I'm rather interested in the 808s driven by a trio of 500 DRs. Assuming you can use three amps on them?
I have just got back fro the Audiobarn Kudos Titan 606/707 demo, or should I say 707 demo. There was a problem. This morning the 606s tweeters were blown by a faulty Supercap .......
To summarise first, I preferred the 707s driven actively by the 250DRs in comparison to the passive 300DR option. More scale, more extension top and bottom and more control at those extremes when listening to the active system. Music felt more, the only word I can think of is, complete. There was an ease to the active presentation, music was a little more relaxing to listen to but would still thump you fully in the chest when called to do so. The passive 300DR option on the 707s sounded very good but a little smaller in scale and to some extent a little more realistic in term of musical scale if truth be known. The frequency extremes were less extended but there was still an iron grip particularly over the bass with the 300DR. Indeed with active 250DRs the bass was very deep but very occasionally was reverberating around the rather large listening room. This I believe was caused partly by the limitations of the 272........
Next up 707s passive with the 300DR and the same Antonio Forcione track. .........
Well, maybe I'm just old school.
But I would have loved to hear that set up with Naims middle of the road pre (282).
Easier set up than a 552/252, but yet, Naim's Marque Separate capabilities. And here's the kicker, imagine how sweet it would have sounded with the Supercap/Burndy to aid in the minute subtleties, which Naim's Marque Separates can deliver.
Thanks for sharing your experience at the Audiobarn!
Nice Album, Antonio Forcione!
Listening to it this very moment!
Cdx2>282>HCDR>3 x 250.2>Fraimlite
Passive Tri-Amped Briks!
Next up, Snaxo 362/SC!
Enjoy your Music, The Why!
PS. Once Again, thanks nigelb!
Thanks nigelb for your 'bonkers good review'. You description very much matches with my thoughts.