Thanks ARDBEG10Y, already have the flashback cable (think we may have discussed this in another thread?) Went with Volumio OS, looking forward to some tinkering with it once it arrives! Have you owned Naim streamers? would like to hear some comparisons against the Digione...
Indeed. My mind is messy when it comes to what was discussed with whom.
I have no Naim streamer currently. I do want to buy one, and I don't want to buy one. It's complicated.
Lets put it this way:
I bought a classy house 2.5 years ago to live in with my family until I die. When we moved in the house, the previous owners left their loudspeakercable since it was in-wall. So I put my Technics midfi all in one amp and speaker in the livingroom and alas, the room was too large to listen to decent music. So, I thought I need new loudspeakers (quite amateurish looking backwards) and I purchased BW CM1's because they fit exactly in the bookshelves. Then the CD Player of my Technics amp died. I decided that I need a good amp and a good cd player. I started to search which brands did still produce in Europe, I made an appointment with a Naim dealer and there was my dealer supplied Supernait and CD5i.
Finally music. I never thought that such music was possible in a normal house, I thought it was only possible in Churches, Concerthalls etc ...
Upgraditis bit me and I bought a Naim set for my TV. AV2 + Nait 5 driving BW CM5's. Performs again well.
Since I work mostly at home - software engineering or so - I needed a set for my office too. Bought Active Ovators and 2xNap 200.
I temporarily shifted my AV2 to the office, but clearly the AV2 is insufficient.
So I need a good Pre for the office to drive the Snaxo / Nap200s / Ovators.
I'm reluctant to buy a 202 / 282 because it's the pre only and they need powersupplies too. 252 / 552 is too expensive for me currently - well we could buy it but we have expensive years ahead. So I came to the conclusion that a Nac 272 is the answer to everything.
I'm likely to buy a Nac 272 next year and use it as a pre / dac fed by the DigiOne player. Normal spotify playback can be done using the Nac 272 directly.
This is all fine.
What I don't like to the Naim streamers, and streamers in general, is that the streamer sections age quickly. In a few years, it is likely that the current streamers can't be used anymore, or can't use the latest inventions of the market.
I'm fine on the good old classical Pre amp, I believe that Dacs are also quite safe (the trick which they apply currently is to increase the number of taps by better / faster IC's) and Dac are stronger reliant on the analogue stage than we think.
My problem is with the streamer section.
Therefore I've bought the DigiOne / Raspberry. I tend to believe that this last longer, or if it does not last longer, it is only $200.