New NAP 300DR Underwhelmed

Don Atkinson posted:
Naim Guy posted:

PCD, thanks. You’d think Naim would burn them in if they take that long.

cheers

I have been suggesting that for about 20 years !

Falls on deaf ears (pun intended) 

Wouldn't that mean you'd be getting second-hand equipment, though?

Good evening all. 

Well today was decision day. What did I decide? Well the CB250 is packed in its box looking for a new home.

Thank you to all of you for your support and helpful replies. Especially those of you who advised me to let it bed in. The transformation between last Tuesday and today is nothing short of remarkable. Everything about the 300DR is all that you said it would be and I’m enjoying it very much. Here but I’m gone by Vanessa Fernandez on the LP12 sounds spectacular.  There is so much more to everything that is happening with each performer sounding so individual yet contributing to the whole. There is an air of naturalness that is very satisfying and of course PRaT and tune dem is spot on.

Given that this is only my third Naim Power Amp in 38 years I think I’ve done rather well and it’s a testimony to how superb the trusty 250 has served me.

Cheers and thank you to Will.

Godfrey

my 300 now DR has been in my system since Sunday, I heard the difference the DR created straight away but 300 was straight out of the box and cold

the DR certainly does not "WOW" straight away, but had it on since Sunday the 300 is warming up nicely it was on the back ground all day yesertday just playing Radio paradise will be doing that all week until the weekend when I can give the 300 a real work out

yesterday evening even after 24 hours you could hear the difference in the detail & focus the DR brings - i have a really good feeling there is a LOT more to come

 

 

 

Don Atkinson posted:
Naim Guy posted:

PCD, thanks. You’d think Naim would burn them in if they take that long.

cheers

I have been suggesting that for about 20 years !

Falls on deaf ears (pun intended) 

Let’s say 200 hours break in on each item.  That would require an extra faculty and extra person to cordinate.  

Evening all, thought I’d give you an update at eleven days in.

This amp is turning into something very special indeed. All the snap, boogie factor, PRaT and power of the old 250 have been surpassed in spades! It can go very loud! And yet never gets flustered. Even at ear shattering levels.

It has developed a beautifully sweet natural tone which is a real bonus as well, such that cymbals sound metallic with a lovely tsing sound rather than a tisz. 

Musically it has a wonderful sense of pace and timing. It surpasses the old 250 in tune dem dramatically.

Dynamically, it has real impact which just fits right into the music giving an even greater snap and impact. I have to contradict the poster who felt 135’s are better. In fact I don’t think that they are any more powerful at all and I am very familiar with 135’s and also a good friend had a 135 six pack, but 135’s have none of the delicacy and finesse of the 300DR.

The soundstage has opened right up with a much greater sense of being there. Musically each performer comes across so much clearer as an individual yet adding to the whole. The tone has become Troika like reminding me of the luscious mid band tone of the old supex 900/grace 707 combination of long ago and is most welcome. I am hearing so much more of everything.

in conclusion, it is delicate, yet powerful. It is sweeter, more natural and boogies with such natural ease, with so much more musical information and above all it is joyous to listen to.

I simply cannot believe the transformation of how it sounds in just ten days. I love it.

Im so glad I took your advice and waited. Thank you all.

cheers

Godfrey

I really shouldn’t read 300DR threads. But I’ll throw my hat into the ring and add that when I moved my system into a new room after having it packed away for a few weeks it took several weeks to fully come back on song. Was very worried at first that the new room acoustics were all wrong! All is fine again now though. Or will be if I stop reading about the virtues of the 300DR. 😀

Naim Guy posted:

Evening all, thought I’d give you an update at eleven days in.

This amp is turning into something very special indeed. All the snap, boogie factor, PRaT and power of the old 250 have been surpassed in spades! It can go very loud! And yet never gets flustered. Even at ear shattering levels.

It has developed a beautifully sweet natural tone which is a real bonus as well, such that cymbals sound metallic with a lovely tsing sound rather than a tisz. 

Musically it has a wonderful sense of pace and timing. It surpasses the old 250 in tune dem dramatically.

Dynamically, it has real impact which just fits right into the music giving an even greater snap and impact. I have to contradict the poster who felt 135’s are better. In fact I don’t think that they are any more powerful at all and I am very familiar with 135’s and also a good friend had a 135 six pack, but 135’s have none of the delicacy and finesse of the 300DR.

The soundstage has opened right up with a much greater sense of being there. Musically each performer comes across so much clearer as an individual yet adding to the whole. The tone has become Troika like reminding me of the luscious mid band tone of the old supex 900/grace 707 combination of long ago and is most welcome. I am hearing so much more of everything.

in conclusion, it is delicate, yet powerful. It is sweeter, more natural and boogies with such natural ease, with so much more musical information and above all it is joyous to listen to.

I simply cannot believe the transformation of how it sounds in just ten days. I love it.

Im so glad I took your advice and waited. Thank you all.

cheers

Godfrey

Godfrey

just a few days behind you on DR install - completly echo your experience, mine 7 days in now change is dramantic, as i said on my own thread DR could easily stand for delayed response!

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