System- 202+nascp+hicap /200/ cd5s+flat cap /
Nd5sx / Roksan radius + stage line/ focal Electra be28 /
My question to the group is
I have the chance to upgrade my 200 to a 250DR ,
Or would I be better to add a XPS to my ND5SX .
I would like to here from someone whom as owned both a 200 and250DR if possible
Hi, the 250 is certainly a more capable amp than the 200 in the right system. However, I would not add one to your system until you gave upgraded both source and preamp. 282/200 is a better match than 202/250.
Adding a PSU to your streamer is one option, but you could also consider upgrading it to an NDX first, or adding an external DAC.
Also, think about whether you want a newer streamer that will give you access to higher quality music sources such as Qobuz HiRes and lossless iRadio.
I tried a 202/HC2/250DR with my CDS3 and Kudos Titan last week. I was not smitten… not actually bad, but lacking magic i look for.
…also, think about how your system is set up. Your preamp, in particular, will not be happy sitting on top of a power amp, and these issues become more important as you climb the upgrade ladder.
A few more green led’s would be good!
Thanks for your advice Chriss , separating the amps can be easily done
I’ll definitely think about upgrading the Nd5sx as it as become the weapon of choice
As already said…better pre amp before you go for the 250dr
I really don’t rate the 202 much
There’s a lot of electronics packed in together there !
Yes I’ve read the 202 is not overly rated within the group ( but I would say it’s the best pre power ) I’ve owned
Think how much better a 282 will sound then👍
Chriss wot your thoughts on the nac-n-272
Replacing both 202 & Nd5sx
I would say that you need to power the 272 with an XPSDR to improve on what you’ve got, so perhaps not as cheap and easy as you would hope?
Interesting turntable base, Pete. Please tell us about it.
Made it from eBay and Ali express parts , it also houses my Bluetooth receiver
If the 250 is a bargain then get it while its available. The 202 won’t make the best of it but you will have it in place ready for when a 282 or even better a 252 turns up. The 250 may just be the best amp that Naim makes in the sound quality per pound spent stakes.
Urm, if I was brutally honest I’d say sort out the racking first and then logic would say 282 although the 202 is a very competent pre in itself but the 282 just opens the music up. However, those Focals look like they could be quite demanding so grabbing the 250DR now could be a smart move.
Whichever way you go, good luck.
I would trade in the lot for 272/250dr. Then you would have a better source, similar level pre and better power amp. Racking less items will allow components to be separated which would also improve sound. You can always add a ps if/when funds allow. Alternatively Ndx2/supernait 3?
LOL. Nicely done. I would suggest avoiding placement directly under the turntable, as the very low-level cartridge signal can be sensitive to nearby digital circuitry.