The S1 just does a better job than the 552 - it was significantly better in the context of the rest of my system that it made sense, if anything at this price-point can be said to make sense.
When I first had my home-demo of the 552 it was clear it was in a different league of performance to the 252 ........
Naim's Marque Separates
Didn't know you had posted DB, but as you can see I was point on!
Funny thing, one will never know unless they pull the trigger!
I'm not talking, test driving a Ferrari, but owning a Ferrari!
PS. Reply was delayed, my Cousin just pulled up in his Brand new 2 Seater Mercedes Benz!
- Engine4.7L V8 biturbo
- Acceleration4.3 sec0 to 60 †
Nice! Of course, I didn't ask him, how much!
S1 ~ 90K
Not Speaking from experience, but I am familiar with the 282, nice pre-amp!
But that doesn't surprise me, way back in 2007, Naim felt it was worthy enough to debut it's reference CDP.
The same CDP, DB is sporting this very moment!
2007 CES SHOW:
CD 555>282>Snaxo>3 x 250>The Iconic DBLS
All this from you Guys, and a fine Bunch you are:
The 252 is more laid back less forward than the 282. A more mature version of the 282. Mr Richard Dane adds, the 252 may be a better pre-amp than the 282, but more revealing.
Hence, the set up can be problematic, whereas the 282 is less problematic!
Now if you like the 282, and the what the 252 brings to the party, more Cash!
Right you are Analog! Money!
552 type of Money!
Now if you have the Loot, and curious what it would be like, to wake up every morning with an $90K USD/Mercedes-Benz Pre amp in your primary System, pull the Trigger!
Naim's Statement to it's Competitors!
Our Finest Work, in the field that we Pioneered!
Naim Amps, paired with are S1 pre-amp!
But hold on a 552 ain't cheap, Guessing, about $20K Pounds, along with the extra SL Cabling!
The beauty of the S1, no PS! Only 50K GBP
JMHO, based on feedback from the Forum!
PS. Voice Activated Texting Please excuse errors!