So… I have now received my ex dem NDX and Supernait 2.
After 4 years of living with a DAC V1 and a NAP100 I finally decided to place myself on the Naim upgrade path and replaced the system in one fell swoop.
Current room is large open plan (10m x 4m) and gets a metre wider behind the listening position (kitchen). I use Harbeth P3ESRs. I like the speakers, even though they don't "rock" I am very fond of their sound. The speakers are against the short wall firing into the room. 75cm from side wall, 50cm from rear (2.5m apart). They can move a bit although I would like to keep my small sofa between them if possible (pretty adamant). Stereo is in the corner of the room, next to a speaker.
Room is carpeted except the kitchen area, 3 sofas, dining table (usual stuff). oh, the wall behind the speakers is french doors (glass) with full height/width curtains.
I accept the limitations of the small speakers for their bass response (although with certain tracks they do seem to belt it out). I have never really understood speaker positioning and placement of equipment relative to the speakers / room.
After a rather arduous hifi journey, I know that I do not want aggressive / forward sound or peaky treble. If detail is there, fine, but I don't want it thrown in my face, I would rather listen for it. I like the control and dynamics, the rhythm and pace of the stereo / music, I don't want to analyse it. I'm definitely happy sitting on the back row with the music meters in front of me.
I am currently reading about the C7s or the m30.1s online but have heard neither (and realistically quite a while away). Likewise XPSDR and HICAPDR (both probable but equally far away). In the mean time, I would like to optimise what I already have and try and maximise the sound of the current system.
After a while music becomes a bit wearing. Is this down to speaker position and / or cables etc. or is it purely the limitation of these little speakers in a relatively large room?
I have read endless threads about power supplies / cables, ethernet upgrades and the like. I am left wondering how much difference these things make or are they just minor tweaks that will not make a great difference?
Anything I can do to improve "smoothness" would be appreciated.
Ethernet patch cable NAS>Switch>NDX (1m+3m)
Tellerium (blue/purple colour) speaker cable (7m each side)
Target speaker stands (very heavy).