A week ago I changed from a 282 to 252.
When I slotted it in I chose to play some tracks that I know sound good and the pre-amp sounded great although I began to find things were very loud!
I soon identified that the volume knob wasn’t correctly set so 9 o’clock was more like a generous 10 o’clock. This was easily remediated.
I’ve now had it for a week and have settled in to normal listening and I’m having mixed feelings about the upgrade. I can clearly hear that the pre-amp is more resolving and some music is lovely. There is certainly more coming through. However I am finding that the tonal balance has shifted. I think I’m lacking some low end warmth which varies depending on what I listen to. It’s as if the system is a bit tight and can’t ‘breathe’ as well.
When I switched from a 250DR to a 300DR last year I immediately noticed that low level listening was much better, some deep bass would appear even when the music was quiet.
Now It feels like the 250 is back.
If I play some well recorded music with deep bass then the system sounds spectacular, but this feels like I’m listening to the Hifi rather than the music. It seems a bit hit and miss.
The pre-amp is an older unit which is fresh back from a service from Naim and hasn’t been used since. I’ve spoken to the dealer who believes what I’m experiencing is a result of the service and I need to run in for a few weeks.
I’d be interested in the thoughts of people who have had a 252 serviced and experienced this upon return and also if anyone has found the 252 a little thin sounding in comparison to the 282.
The rest of the system was undisturbed. My speakers are already close to the back wall. I’ve tried to get the SNAIC and Burndy cables running the same path, they are around 1 inch apart.