Not sure what to do and where to go with my system and would very much appreciate some thoughts from others who might have done similar.
I have a 552/500/NBL system, which I’ve had for quite some years now. The sources are a KDS/3 and an LP12/Aro/geddon/akiva into a prefix/supercap.
The amps are older (non-DR) versions and are coming up to the stage in which they will need to be serviced. I have however noticed that whole system just does not seem to engage in the ways it once did. It’s had its annual strip down and rebuild, which helped as ever, but it still isn’t quite somehow doing the business in the way it once did.
My mind was turned therefore back to the most enjoyable system I had, which both gave a huge wow factor getting it and throughout the time I had it always kept me thinking “one more song” in a way that I just don’t seem to be feeling at the moment. This was a CDS2/52/52PS into 135s and SBLs. After that,I upgraded through a 252 and a 300 to the current setup. All seemed like improvements at the time, but now I’m not sure…
I haven’t heard a great deal of DR stuff, but the very limited opportunities I’ve had to hear it have in truth left me a bit underwhelmed. I appreciate I am in no position to offer a firm view on its qualities on such brief acquaintance, but initial impressions were that the sound signature was more akin to other, third-party power supplies I have also heard in the past - better hi-fi, less groove. I am therefore a bit reluctant to incur the fairly hefty costs of upgrading it to DR and/or servicing when I probably wouldn’t get this back on the sale if I decided that it still wasn’t doing the business.
I did wonder about an ND 555, but have seen several comments to the effect that it is in fact voiced very similarly to a KDS. Certainly, my experience of owning various iterations of the KDS have been that it’s sound has been more “naim-like” with every generation.
Has anyone felt similar and sorted out the problem by going back to something like a serviced 52/135? Equally, if anyone has any other suggestions, I’d be very grateful!
I appreciate that at this level many solutions will need a listen, but where I live is quite remote and getting to hear the sort of thing which might assist is quite a hassle, so I would appreciate any guidance beforehand.