I have an NC 250, which I currently operate with a 272 via a Cardas Audio clear reflection XLR on RCA.
In my opinion, the Naim connection NC to Old Classic is superior - I have already written elsewhere.
Now there is a tempting offer to buy a new 282 heavily discounted.
Has anyone already connected the 282 to the 250 NC?
Maybe already made comparisons with the 222?
As a source, I have an NDX2 with XPS DR.
Thanks for your feedback
You’ll also need a Hicap, so would connect with a pair of Dinto XLR cables. I don’t understand your second sentence, but as you have the NC250 a NAC 332 might be another option.
I have a 282 and HICAP into a NC250. I use Chord Shawline cables.
The 282 is 15 months old; 250 9 months old and both are barely run in after being in storage for months.
Sounds great. Lots of drive and clarity. Suits my type of music…
I haven’t heard the NC 250 but I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t work really well, provided you don’t mind the different styles.
I have zero idea about Cardas cables but wouldn’t be surprised if a 282/Hicap would trounce your 272 with the NDX2/psu source - big time.
I’d be more than surprised if a 222 could compete with 282/Hicap/NDX2/psu, apart from being 1 box against 5 (napsc)
An NSC 222 with an NPX 300 might be able to compete with an NDX 2/XPS DR/NAC 282, although it’s a lot more money! A 222 would be a good match to the NC 250 if that’s the direction you want to go in sound-wise. You might get a good deal trading in. Can you home demo? Only your ears can decide .
Your system needs the best pre-amp you can afford.
the 282 needs a Hicap, preferably DR
Yes the 282 is a fine preamp, happy with mine (282/HCDR/250DR) for so many years, and gave it the best source I could afford, it performs very well… Haven’t upgraded from mine yet…
Yes I wasn’t with the 202 for long but the 282 was with me for many a year, until very recently in fact.
I bought my new 282 a month ago, its still running in, from the last batch late 2022! I really don’t think ill go further although im temped to get a Supercap on it and then get nap300 as im not interested now in going active.
The SC really opens up the sound further. Traditional thinking would have it that the pre-amp would be upgraded first but the 282/HC pairs very well indeed with the 300.
282 doesn’t “need” a hicap as it can be powered up by certain poweramps and also Flatcap amo.
282 does however benefit from a separate PSU, the preamp was developed when Hicap 2 was standard.
I wouldn’t waste time on a 282, get a 222 and add a 300 (even better a 555). Then you’re set to move on to 300 series if you like.
How much different in cost is that you say?
Hello and Feliz Navidad,
Thank you for the feedback. I already had a home demo with the 222. Very appealing to my ears with a view only of the preamplifier - but also very tidy…somehow it didn’t really inspire me. In particular, I found the NDX2 with and without PSU more balanced than the streaming experience with the 222.
I sent the 222 back.
But the 272 is not enough for my ears.
I have now ordered the 282 for a really good price new for 3720 euros and hang up my HC DR. I’ll let you know if that’s my way.
Not to mention a down-grade in the source.
Yeah, wasn’t sure why he had a 272 with a NDX2, either way if he wants to collect boxes there’s lots of opportunities out there. The NDX2 doesn’t do it for me, the 222/555 is a much better path with a 250NC if cost isn’t a concern.
What’s with all the broken equipment? Do you have supply chain issues?
I do like wasting my time with my 82 actually, a lot…