I am sorry to read about your disappointment RedHammer. I guess it is still urgent for me to wait still and resist a bit longer to make a compulsive purchase.. How is S/PDIF SQ BTW?
i was wondering to take or not to take the core. The unitserve tp ps sounded the same for me, in ethernet mode, perhaps very very very minimalist differences in sound quality.
I decided finally to upgrade my unitserve with an uptone js2 ps. You can not upgrade the ps of the core... I think the quality of the ps on servers and nas are the most important thing.
The js2 has two outputs and will power in the same time my switch, an upgrade too.
For spdif, the core or unitserve as players, i would take a melco if i were you....or cad audio transport ( with ripping possibly). They are better in this mode, as pointed by hifi plus/ hifi news/ear reviews.
For myself i will wait and see the evolution of the market , to take later something really better than my unitserve.( the core is not). My new js2, not arrived yet, can power a lot of items, perhaps a melco n1z/2 or high end future nas or router and switch. For now it will give a maximum boost to the unitserve, more than the tp ps. ( the tps will power my first switch , before the optical bridge) . The js2 will power also the last switch, before nds.
It is only my opinion i know, but i have read a lot of reviews and opinions of forum members...and i had to take a decision about the core.
The last thing: the core presents today so many bugs and errors that i am not sure naim will solve all. We will see in the next months.