My system: NAP300DR, NAC552DR, CDS3/PS555DR, speakers Spendor SP100R2.
In considering new speakers I’m reminded of what Martin Colloms said when he reviewed the new DR circuit, “Naim prioritized musical communication over sound quality purity.” Reading this I realized it was probably the reason I was captivated first time I heard Naim, though unfairly it was active SBL “6-pack.” Naim’s focus unlike almost all is to allow listener to remain focused on the music without making believe they were in performance space.
With above in mind I will shortly set off on quest for speakers to complement Naim’s embrace of “musical prioritiy.” My listening space allows speakers to be placed up to 5-feet from wall behind them and 10-12 feet from listener, distance to side walls is more than 15-feet per speaker with speakers 10-feet apart. Because home is apartment I do not want speakers with sound or vibration that will intrude on privacy & comfort of others. My current speakers, since addition of 552’s are dramatically improved, but I feel they lack a good measure of beauty & intimacy. After reading Forum, HiFi Critic & elsewhere, I’ve come up with three possibllities Wilson Audio Yvette, Harbeth Super HL Plus & Magico S1 Mkll. If Naim would promise to introduce speaker with voice of past I would gladly wait. I live stateside where true Naim dealers are few and market for used Naim speakers non-discernible.