The Dac is sensitive to input and installation.
Sounds are very different in presentation when I compare the audio from my sky box to my Unitiserve.
Yes, movies sound great using my Audioquest optical cable and take a nice turn with BNC connection.
You still need to work at giving something to get its teeth into, whilst also looking to make sure it’s little feet and toes are in tip top condition.
I use the NDX for Spotify and it’s all the streamer I need. I have no worries about it being and old platform despite what the doom mongers say. There was a firmware update late last year to address a Tidal login issue and although it was a challenge for Naim, they delivered the goods.
Whether or not the standalone DAC is superior to the inbuilt streamer DACs is a matter of personal opinion. I personally prefer a one box solution and the performance of the NDX is outstanding for £1k even with Spotify within my system.
It’s not a great leap of faith to try an NDX first (And a great cosmetic match for your SN2). You can sell it on and recoup your outlay if disappointed, though I very much doubt you would be. It’s a low risk gamble if you are sceptical. ND5XS is also an option if you want to save a few hundred £. Either will blow away the Node.
I had the chance to try a blue sound node vs ndx into my 202/200
The ndx was way better than the node
Source first applies
When ndac is in the system you’re listening to a naim source
With blue sound in the system your super nait is amplifying that signal from the blu sound
There a lot more going on in an ndac and while it may seem that they sound similar, they are not at all and it will be reflected in the rhythmic qualities of the music and the lower noise floor then NDAC has over the other source as it has a better power supply and more complicated engineering
Music played on a naim source is a quite a musical event !
If you connect to the NDX2 the signal still passes through the Sharc DSP in it before being fed out to the DAC, and this may well have a noticeable effect, (possibly for the better, although I can only speculate) so there’s no harm in giving it a try.