I ran 252/SC-DR, NDX/XPS-DR and 300/300PS non-DR through Sopra 1s for about four years and was really happy with the sound. I listen to a wide range of music but loud rock (Rush, Led Zep) was especially dynamic and engaging in my 5m x 4.5m room.
Then upgradeitis struck and I factory-upgraded the 300 to DR spec. This took ages because of Covid and meanwhile I managed to buy one of the glut of second-hand NDSs (following the ND555 launch) plus a CD555PS. I also fitted Powerlines.
There’s lots of good stuff coming out of the new system but it is notably brighter in balance, where the kind of rock I listen to sounds edgy, with cymbals and bright synth effects much higher in the mix. I prefered the tonal balance of the old system.
If you had to get back to the tonal balance of the old system what would you do? I understand the truism that “you need to put yourself into the hands of a good dealer” but I’m an impulsive auction buyer who lives 150 miles from a decent dealer so I’m looking to practical suggestions of steps I can take of upward/downward or sideways changes. Thanks in advance for your inputs!