Today I unpacked and setup the long awaited upgrade from my NAC282/NAP250.DR to the NAC552/NAP300.DR setup. I hesitated for a very long time between an upgrade from the 282 to 252 or straight up to the 552. Finally I took the plunge and opted for the 552 on blind faith, never heard it and could not demo it so understandably, considering the cost I was apprehensive about the level of improvement this box will have.
Well, today after setting up the gear and spending a few hours browsing through my music my impression of the 552 is excellent, and if this is day 1 I cannot wait to see how this will sound once it is well "Bedded in".
My wife commented today that the music sounded "well rounded and real" for me this is exactly what this 552 upgrade did, it made music sound so much better that I am rediscovering old stuff which sounded ok on the old gear and now sounds great on the 552.. Some of the newer DSD music is sounding fantastic, I spent hours not thinking about the gear and thoroughly enjoying hearing new sounds and musical detail in tracks I listened over hundreds of times before.... and all of this considering that I have an entry-level source (DAC-V1) which must be the weakest link in my setup.... Amazing!
And, to add to the entire impression, the included R-Com remote just adds to the luxury of the experience....
Now I am not aching about the cost anymore