Core will be a great product once it's fully developed.
So these first owners are sort of unwilling beta-testers? Seriously, I know that Naim takes everything seriously and I am not remotely expert of, or interested in, streaming to comment properly, but I once wrote to Naim asking if the HDX, then just released, could connect to the Internet and download and store music directly from websites. Of course not, it was only for ripping CDs, which meant changing the storing system from single optical to collective hard disc.
That's the point for me: until the day a machine will be done that connects with music-selling download sites directly, I buy music and it downloads on my device (yes, I know that the device exists and is called a computer) I won't be interested and will still prefer to spin a CD with its proper tool. Having to choose between simply changing status to my CD collection (a track on a CD or a track on a HD or SSD) or having to use a computer to access the Internet and buy, to then transfer the 'liquid' file either to a HD or keep it on the computer itself, needing a costly machine to simply take the file from the computer to make it visible to an amp, gives exactly the dimension of temporariness to everything that I still find so discouraging.
But I admire the pioneers (the customers) who are, with their patience and dedication, helping Naim to finally release what they want. I wonder why Naim, before accepting being bought by Focal, hasn't considered being bought by its customers – a coop, or something. I would have subscribed. Who knows if a way did exist.