As much as i want a 272 upgrade - my dealer says he thinks that ship has sailed.
He was told by Naim 2 years ago to push NDX2 / supernait over 272/250
My plan is to add a ps555 to my 272 - then will likely opt for NDX2 with my spare XPSDR for streamer source.
My gut feel is a 282/hicap will not really improve a 272/555dr ps as a preamp.
The only realistic gain would be a 252 /supercap which sounds superb but a lot of money.
Frankly it does not look like that at all, they can’t make it much clearer:
I think it’s very reasonable to push NDX2 over 272 two years ago, because pushing a quite outdated model as new on customers would have been very bad service. My dealer refused to sell me one for this reason.
That said, when it will come in these crazy times is totally unforeseeable, so if you want something now or in the foreseeable future, go for it
Interesting - i will hang on - not ready to jump yet just spent all my money on a 300DR and Rega p10!
so willing to wait - was really seeing if anyone had views on 272/555ps Dr as a preamp and if they thought 282/hicapdr would be better than that if ever i did get an NDX2.
I do understand. There are lots of existing threads & posts about 272 and 300, and many people love the combination 272/555 with a 300. E.g., an active thread here (and links to some of the older threads are in there; the search function is your friend )
Regarding a comparison with 282/HCDR, I suppose things have been posted but many members will be eager to jump in
Much will depend on your streaming needs. If you use local UPnP streaming and/or you are happy with the Tidal support in the 272, it’s still a wonderful thing. If you want Qobuz, Roon, and/or other streaming updates, the NDX2 is a good option (though you can add these things quite cheaply to the 272 with some small extra boxes)
I changed from 272/555 to 282/HCDR. The 272 was my first dabble with streaming which went ok. I was also using a bare CDX2. In my room I just couldn’t get the 272, bare or with the 555ps, to sound right. I demoed a 282/HCDR at home and it easily outperformed the 272 in every way. I then added the 555 to the CDX2 and the 272 was swiftly traded in for the 282.
I can’t put my finger on exactly what is was about the 272. It was more the streaming side I just couldn’t get to sound right. It’s just sounded a little thin I guess and ladling in detail compared to cd. CDX2 into 272 sounded fine. I enjoyed how it all sounded at the dealers. Different room, speakers etc all played their part I guess. I didn’t really want to use both sources so decided to stick with CDX2 and replace the 272. Cd into 282 sounds great. I have recently purchased at 2018 NDS and that is the best source I’ve had and sounds wonderful driven by a 555ps. CDX2 will be looking for a loving new home.
Thanks for all your replies.
I had a 200DR which was not good enough for my Sopra2 - and took the big leap to 300DR - 250dR sounded great but 300DR added real texture to the sound.
I am willing to wait on the 272 replacement for a while - but if not its really the preamp I need to think about with the 300DR as opposed to the steaming component.
Hicap / 282 is probably not right - which means 252 supercap =v expensive.
So super cap + pre loved 282 as an interim OR replace xpsdr with 555dr Ps?
OR another manufacture power supply + 252.