So the 300 is rumored to be way better than the 500DR.
And the yet to be developed NC 500 is anticipated to better the Statement.
I guess we will eventually see a lot of Statements for sale when Statement owners are upgrading to the NC 500-series. I am now saving up and planning to pick up a set of Statement amps when this happens. Hopefully by then Naim will offer a way to enable the S1 to function with headphones…
Having read the HiFi news review of the NSS333/NAC332/NAP350, I compared the lab report of the NSS333 with the lab report of the NDX2.
I won’t pretend to understand it all (far too long ago since I studied at college) but if I am not mistaken, the NDX2 seems to hold up very well if not slightly better in some aspects.
It seems to me as though the NSS333 streamer is obviously packaged differently but maybe not a big departure from the NDX2. The sound signature may be different but I doubt that there is a substantial improvement.
Maybe the 333 is all about the packaging. two very similar streamers - one for the classic series and methods of connection and one for the NC connection methodology.
I am looking forward to having a listen to compare the 333 to my NDX2.
He’s provided a lot of design explanation in the two New Classic threads (Part 1 and Part 2) if you do a search. Search on his username @110dB . Some members here are able to locate them quicker than I can but all of his comments are worth reading if you’re considering the NC.
I have to think run in time is a factor if they’re not sounding warm. The 222/250 are quite warm and not as fatiguing as the DR kit. Perhaps the 300 series is a different signature than the 200 series. Interesting.
The boxes themselves look alot better than in photos. They are beautifully built. The 332 volume control is better than the Classic series and Olive. The system looks very very high quality. Quite beautiful in fact. They will have more visual and tactile appeal than the Classic series.
Yes, that is very much my interpretation of the 333, a new streamer to match the design styling of the new classic range, rather than a significant improvement of the very good, and reasonably recent, NDX2.