ND555 Impressions

Bert Schurink posted:
David O'Higgins posted:
David O'Higgins posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

For me this album of Melody Gardot is the best way to sell the ND555. Before I didn’t need to stay until the end with this album, while I also on the NDS liked this album and the feedback you hear. Now this album is pure magic. The air, soundstage, accuracy of voice etc....absolutely recommended....

 

Whatever about selling ND555, it certainly looks like a good way of selling Melody Gardot!

After reading Berts post, I listened to this album in Tidal, and I fully agree that it showcases the  ND555 perfectly, ( and Melody also). I then bought the 24 bit version, which improves on Tidal. Only problem now is how to explain to my spouse the image displayed in my previously non controversial streamer display.

You can start with explaining why the guitar she is playing is so special, perhaps that helps ......

Have just booked tickets to see her perform in November.  Having got this album my expectations have been raised considerably.  

Gazza posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
Clive B posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
David O'Higgins posted:
David O'Higgins posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

For me this album of Melody Gardot is the best way to sell the ND555. Before I didn’t need to stay until the end with this album, while I also on the NDS liked this album and the feedback you hear. Now this album is pure magic. The air, soundstage, accuracy of voice etc....absolutely recommended....

 

Whatever about selling ND555, it certainly looks like a good way of selling Melody Gardot!

After reading Berts post, I listened to this album in Tidal, and I fully agree that it showcases the  ND555 perfectly, ( and Melody also). I then bought the 24 bit version, which improves on Tidal. Only problem now is how to explain to my spouse the image displayed in my previously non controversial streamer display.

You can start with explaining why the guitar she is playing is so special, perhaps that helps ......

If it helps you could say that it’s a Gibson ES335. If you were caught studying it very closely, you might even say that you’re not certain if, in fact, it’s an ES345 or even an ES355 (I think that might be testing of even the greatest Gibson aficionado with the limited visibility in this picture).

I appreciate other parts of the picture.......

I know nothing of this artist.....is it the lady in question or just a album cover photo shoot of a model, if it’s the former....very brave.

Gazza - the lady in question, Melody Gardot, sings and plays as good as she looks, as other album covers testify.  Well worth researching her music. A very, very talented lady.

M   

After a week of intermittent lighting up issues on the remote, and two battery changes, I rang the dealer yesterday to report a movement sensor issue. No problem. A new remote will be got. I went back to the sofa, picked up the remote, and it worked perfectly. And it has ever since. Cheeky little thing.

ND555 sounds wonderful. Still. So that's something.

Gazza posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
Clive B posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
David O'Higgins posted:
David O'Higgins posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

For me this album of Melody Gardot is the best way to sell the ND555. Before I didn’t need to stay until the end with this album, while I also on the NDS liked this album and the feedback you hear. Now this album is pure magic. The air, soundstage, accuracy of voice etc....absolutely recommended....

 

Whatever about selling ND555, it certainly looks like a good way of selling Melody Gardot!

After reading Berts post, I listened to this album in Tidal, and I fully agree that it showcases the  ND555 perfectly, ( and Melody also). I then bought the 24 bit version, which improves on Tidal. Only problem now is how to explain to my spouse the image displayed in my previously non controversial streamer display.

You can start with explaining why the guitar she is playing is so special, perhaps that helps ......

If it helps you could say that it’s a Gibson ES335. If you were caught studying it very closely, you might even say that you’re not certain if, in fact, it’s an ES345 or even an ES355 (I think that might be testing of even the greatest Gibson aficionado with the limited visibility in this picture).

I appreciate other parts of the picture.......

I know nothing of this artist.....is it the lady in question or just a album cover photo shoot of a model, if it’s the former....very brave.

If you don’t know her you should check her out, amazing voice.

French Rooster posted:

Diana Krall, Melanie Gardot, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peroux, Jane Monteit, Cyrille Aimee,....all the same syrupy jazz music.  No thanks.   Music made to make any average system sound fantastic.    Sorry but I don’t share.

Each to their own...

While this music makes our systems sound fantastic, lord knows that there is so much more music out there that makes our systems sound lousy, so I don't mind a little syrupy jazz, but its not a big thing for me either.  Its like sugar--a little in moderation--including moderation. 

Bailyhill

Harry posted:

One of the characteristics of a good system is that it make anything sound good, because it communicates the information that really matters. I don't have so many "bad" sounding albums nowadays. 

Quite. This is where the returns haven’t deminished.

 

 

For any Naim fans in the NY area, we recently received our demo ND 555 at Innovative Audio and have been warming it up since then.      Stop by if you would like to hear this wonderful new streamer for yourself.     I'll add my listening observations over the next few weeks.   My initial sense is that this is both a nice evolution of the already excellent NDS performance, and also a revolutionary upward lift of the whole Naim 500 series ultimate performance level.     We are partnering the ND 555 with a complete 500 series suite of electronics, including the wonderful 500 DR power amp.     These are all playing very nicely with a pair of the mighty Wilson Alexia 2 loudspeakers.

Good listening,

Bruce

 

French Rooster posted:

Diana Krall, Melanie Gardot, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peroux, Jane Monteit, Cyrille Aimee,....all the same syrupy jazz music.  No thanks.   Music made to make any average system sound fantastic.    Sorry but I don’t share.

That feels the wrong way round to me. I don’t expect music to make my system sound fantastic, I chose my systems because they help me to enjoy the music I love.

MDS posted:
nigelb posted:
Chag... posted:
 

And, another thing......why can't bananas be straight?

These days I think they are allowed to chose their sexual orientation and gender, and to change their mind.

Don't misunderstand, it is every bananas right to be....err.....bent, and I have no problem with that. Some of my best friends..........enough, enough!

MDS posted:
nigelb posted:
Chag... posted:
 

And, another thing......why can't bananas be straight?

These days I think they are allowed to chose their sexual orientation and gender, and to change their mind.

Look, I am all for European liberalisation, but there comes a point.......

Bert Schurink posted:

If you don’t know her you should check her out, amazing voice.

Had a quick listen on uTube, nothing to like at all for me even if she has a good voice - and that picture isn’t exactly enchanting enough for multiple posting - it gives no clue as to what the audience may see, though that may be less inspiring than the picture might suggest - music and image of course are both a matter of taste...

In these examples of things that sound excellent on ND555, classical has been highlighted as well as jazz, but I’m not sure anything alse - however I presume the ND555 is good at all styles(?). The  question for me if I were to win the lottery would be is it better than Dave with music I like - sometimes things that might excel at jazz don’t with everything else

MDS posted:
French Rooster posted:

Diana Krall, Melanie Gardot, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peroux, Jane Monteit, Cyrille Aimee,....all the same syrupy jazz music.  No thanks.   Music made to make any average system sound fantastic.    Sorry but I don’t share.

Each to their own...

Curiously none of these woman is ugly.  Sweet, sexy, easy and empty music for coffee shops ,supermarkets and elavators, or hifi shows too.

I just purchased the album below. The interpretation is very interesting and worth a download. The recording itself is very very good! The clarity is amazing. Each instrument is “seen” at his rightful place.

A good record for the lucky ND555 owners.
It can be downloaded in 24bits / 352kHz.

When I can, I’d rather buy directly from those who did the job of recording. I got it on the 2L label website (google : “2L nordic sound”).

You can also have it on HDtracks in 24bits / 352kHz.

Melody Gardot’s rear is very attractive but the curves of the instruments of a string quartet are not bad either 

MDS posted:
nigelb posted:

So are you saying sexy women make dull music?

Confused of Chesham.

D'oh, sorry to the OP, again.

Yeah, and there's HungryHalibut posting a Carla Bruni album. What's the world coming to?   

I love that Carla Bruni album, and she shouldn’t need to apologise for being attractive. Sometimes you want something more stimulating - like Patti Smith last night - and sometimes something that’s relaxing and ‘nice’. I couldn’t listen to Patti all the time, just as sometimes I’ll listen to Bach and sometimes to the Dead Kennedys. Variety is the spice of life. I cannot abide prog, but if others choose to listen to it then that’s great. It’s wrong to dismiss music as somehow inferior. Each to their own.

 

Harry posted:

Amazing voice. Insipid material. No amount of getting your arse out will change that.

I have her studio albums and they are very good. But the live album is pretty ropey. It’s a strange choice for a cover certainly. Can you imagine Debbie Harry or Siouxsie Sioux condoning such a cover?

TomSer posted:

I just purchased the album below. The interpretation is very interesting and worth a download. The recording itself is very very good! The clarity is amazing. Each instrument is “seen” at his rightful place.

A good record for the lucky ND555 owners.
It can be downloaded in 24bits / 352kHz.

When I can, I’d rather buy directly from those who did the job of recording. I got it on the 2L label website (google : “2L nordic sound”).

You can also have it on HDtracks in 24bits / 352kHz.

Melody Gardot’s rear is very attractive but the curves of the instruments of a string quartet are not bad either 

Thanks irregardless of the performance the question is if one can still hear the difference between the 192 and 352khz...

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