Evening Naim followers,
I have been a member for a number of years and have owned lots of different boxes in that time. Those that have commented on my various posts in the past will remember me having to sell my beloved hifi for a much needed deposit on a property purchase that was kind of unexpected, and absolutely necessary given the circumstances. That hifi was HDX, SN2+HCdr, PMC gb1i and 3xPL and a HiLine(everything was sold except speakers, you don't get much for them).
Since that time I have gradually climbed the Naim ladder where/when funds allowed....unitilite,superuniti, then SU+Nap200 and currently 272+200(non dr). Music backed onto NAS(former HDX backup).
Now, the sale of said hifi has paid off and I have sold my property with a very good return and in a position(exchange pending) to throw some money back into my hifi(I have budgeted approx 7k).
Before I start, I will say that nothing I've heard since has satisfied me as much as HDX+SN did. Note that SN2 replaced 202/200/HCdr(I wanted to put an end to the upgrade bug and was delighted with SN2, it did everything well with all genres).
I guess the only reason I wont go back to HDX is simply because it is not a streamer, otherwise love it!
Many of you at this point will be thinking what I have been thinking....ditch 200, buy a 250dr, add XPSdr to 272, happy days!
But.....I'm not convinced enough that 272(even with an XPS)will match or beat a HDX at playing music from a HDD.....and I don't want to spend £000's swapping and changing for the next year or so.
So, here are the things to consider.....
Is an NDX + new uniticore(or unitiserve for purpose of argument) a better 2 box combo than a stand alone HDX in terms of sound quality(this way I get a streamer and a CD ripper). I still buy cd's and own approx 700, so this is important to me, and if so, why?
Is an NDX better at playing music from NAS(or uniticore) than a 272? ....I guess so given the pricing of both? (even if both are with/without XPS).
If I did go 272/XPS/250, are the speakers really up for the challenge. I know they are good speakers and have enjoyed them on the end of many a Naim set-up. Although, my house sale and purchase see's me going from an apartment with lots of adjoining neighbours to a detached house where I can really stretch the legs on whatever system I go with.....can't wait !!!!!
Other reasons for not really wanting to go with 272/XPS/250..... I know I will probably end up swapping 272 for a 282+NDX+250....and the upgrade bug will stay with me till the day I die. Seriously though, I could have stopped with SN2. I think it's enough of an animal to rock the house. Same power output as a 250 anyway I think.
Anyone any experience with above set-ups or considered/done the same. +/- thoughts?