Not sure if this should be in the streaming or hi-fi sections, but this one seems more active.....
I'm wondering what the chances of Naim producing a new pre-amp in its separates (classic) range that recognises that many people are going down the streaming/local server route, and so would produce a 252-quality pre-amp with just a digital in, so focussing on the DAC and the pre-amp capabilities. Might have an inbuilt supply (282?) or a separate one (a la 252). Could then be sold at a grand or so (so much simpler to make and less costly too) and drive sales of the other streamers etc.
It would be a no-brainer, marketing wise. Doesn't detract from existing markets, develops the brand as a leader in streaming tech, and pushes Nova/Atom people towards separates and the gentle naim upgrade route that keeps the money rolling (well, dribbling) into the company.
Anyone know if this is on the cards? And if not, why not?