300DR to 500DR - any regrets?

Getting mine this Wed, hopefully is a wonderful pairing even for my Special 40 :laughing:

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Verdict?

Well, it certainly is better than my previous 250DR. But to be honest not by a wide margin. Thus a bit disappointed. But it could also be due to my speaker which is a quite cheap (in comparison to the rest of the system) Special 40. So I might not be doing anything justice to the 500-series I currently have now.

I am for sure saving up for a speaker change as well as upgrade to full Fraim from Friam Lite.

Also want to improve my network switch to better ones as streaming seems to be a bit hit and miss.

Overall after spending these much on all 6 Naim boxes, I can’t say I am terribly happy. But it could just down to my other optimization not being done right. :man_shrugging:t2:

Who knows this game is abit hard to get right.

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This would be my guess. Good as special 40’s are, there are quite more special loudspeakers around. You’ve the ideal source / amp stage so I’d start enjoying the fun of trying different loudspeakers.

What is the general consensus on the following 2 options if only 1 of them is achievable?

1/ NAC 252 → NAC 552

2/ 300DR → 2x NAP 350 monoblocks

Option 1 IMV.

It lets far more information through and provides a far greater insight in to the music.

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If you subscribe to Linn’s “source first” reasoning, then it has to be your first option.

(But I don’t see any need to “upgrade” from my NAC52 - which does everything that I could ever want or need.)

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Go for Nac 252 to 552 an extremely big upgrade,a jaw dropping experience.

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Truly exciting just to think of it. I will take my sweet time on speaker choice hehe…

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Well £50k Naim amps with a £3k speaker seems really imbalanced in my view. A while back I compared a £10k increase on Naim amps versus a £10k increase in B&W speakers and to me and my wife the the more expensive speaker option won easily. This was in the dealer’s demo room and my house. Recently I heard the Rega NAIA but with less expensive speakers and amps than my own at the dealers and the overall result wasn’t as good as my cd system and this with the NAIA being one of the very best sources available. So in my view with your fabulous source and amps a better full range speaker would be very worthwhile.

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I didn’t make the move from 300DR to 500DR but I made the step still in non DR version. And last year moved up from non DR 500 to a DR500.

But talking about the move from 300 to 500. I still remember my first reaction when the switch happened, I got really tears in my eyes. So much more, so much better tonal accuracy etc… while moving to DR it was a further move into refinement, extension and soundstage…., but the move from 300 to 500 is magical. Can’t imagine somebody would have a regret….

Only regret might be why didn’t I do it before….

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To join in with the other contributors your system, not just the 500, deserves a speaker of something like Dyna Confidence 20 or Kudos 505s, at the moment it’s making all that wonderful music that isn’t getting through to you.

Understandable. I upgraded my Naim boxes in earnest and just leave the speaker there unchanged with each iteration. Not complaining though. Now I just need to decide which speaker to go for. Save up for my 2025 speaker year. No more purchases for me in 2024.

My shortlist as follow:

  1. Focal Scala Utopia
  2. Kudos Titan 808
  3. Marten Parker Trio
  4. Wilson Audio SabrinaX
  5. Dynaudio Confidence 30
  6. Magico A5
  7. Stenheim Alumine 3

Welcome more suggestions :drooling_face:

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2024 has only just begin, okay like me you did all the damage on 2023!

Neat Ultimatum XL10.

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As everyone says speaker preferences are highly subjective. I have heard most of the speakers on your list and didn’t really like them or thought they didnt go well with 552/500.

Some other possibilities for you:

Audiovector R6 Arete
Wilson benesch Act 3Zero
Vimberg Mino
TAD Speakers (the highest one you can afford)

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Good to research on. Tks for your listing!

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Indeed 2024 is my saving year. All damages is some year ago which I cannot recall :crazy_face:

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I had the same idea. It’s been 2 days into the new year and I’m already looking at a Nait 1. No use for it other than to display and marvel at its beauty.

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I agree with @Ardbeg10y . The Dynaudio special 40 are more suited to an XS3 or SN3 amp, rather than 552/500 dr. So it’s not surprising that you haven’t heard a big uplift when going from 250 dr to 500 dr.
You have a wonderful system which deserves just better speakers.

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Nice!

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