Big Brown assures me that my new NAP 300DR will be delivered within 48 hours, which is great news. I will, however, then have to make a decision on how to rack the two new units, as space is very tight.
I have a bespoke custom made rack built from heavy duty solid cherry, as well as a 4-bin (2 over 2) cherry LP storage unit which holds approximately 200 LPs next to that.
I have neither the interest nor the funds to change the current racking situation in the near term, although long term plans do call for upgrading to a twin Fraim rack down the road.
My choices for locating the 300DR are:
1. Both units on the bottom shelf of the main rack in place of the NAP 200, one box on top of the other.
2. Move my nDAC to the top of the LP storage, where my Magnum Dynalab FM tuner will have to live on top of it, and place the amp in the nDAC's spot, with the 300 power supply where my current NAP 200 is.
3. Site the 300 amp unit on top of the LP storage, leaving the nDAC where it is in the main rack, and again site the power supply where the current 200 is. Again my Magnum Dynalab FM tuner will have to live on top of the 300 amp.
The question is which solution is likely to result in the best sound quality? Swapping the units around to experiment is not really in the cards (extremely bad back).
About 80% of my listening is digital going thru the nDAC (UnitiServe, NAS, and Tidal via ND5XS, and a little via a CD5 XS), 15% is analog via my turntable, and 5% FM radio. The FM tuner is usually turned off via the power switch although I could unplug it easily from the mains when not in use for a truly "dead stick."
By the end of the summer I will have a secondary two-shelf rack for the top of the LP storage unit, which will make things much easier. But what to do in the meantime?