I recently bought my first Naim item - a secondhand CD5x, to see how it compares with my Marantz CD17 MkII KI Signature CD player. The rest of my system is Arcam A85/Arcam P85 bi-amped with Monitor Audio Gold Reference 20 speakers. Good quality interconects and speaker cables. I was hoping to prefer the Naim CD5x so I can sell the Marantz.
After a lot of A-B testing, I wouldn't say I find the CD5x "better" than my Marantz, just slightly different. Although I like the famous musicality and PRaT characteristics of the CD5x, I find the sound of the Marantz has slightly more excitement, a bit more "zing", slightly brighter sound. By comparison, the CD5x seems slightly too polite/boring with my particular system. I wish I could combine the best characteristics of the two CD players into one!!
My gut feeling is to stick with the Naim CD player route, but what to do?........
Question; If I get a Flatcap2 for the CD5x is it likely to give me that bit of extra "zing" (bit more brightness and attack) I get with the Marantz? Or maybe a HiCap? Or should I ditch the CD5x and try a CDX2 which I have heard has a more exciting sound than the CD5x?
Your advice on this forum would be very welcome!!