This is my first post after a good few months for of reading the forum to glean as much Naim knowledge and advice as I can, and it’s been good fun and insightful.
I’m now at the point where I’m ready to make the next step on my hi-fi journey, and I’d really appreciate some insight from those who have been there before / have much more experience than me!
For some background, my current set-up is:
LP12 (Majik spec with Hercules)
Lejonklou Slipsik 7
Q Acoustics 3050
Arcam mini-blink for bluetooth streaming from Apple Music
I’ve had the LP12 and Rega for just over a year now, and both are from that well known Leicestershire based Linn guru…whilst the Slipsik is new to me this year.
My question is this, with a budget of £3k, and wanting to make the next improvement would you:
- Replace the Rega with a Supernait 2 (possibly inc. HiCap DR now or in future)
- Upgrade the LP12 to include Lingo 4 and Kore
- Change the speakers
For some extra insight, I demo’d the 5si when I purchased the Rega last year, and marginally preferred the Rega, but it has left me with a lingering Naim niggle that I don’t think Rega can solve moving up the hierarchy…and I also now want the ability to listen through headphones for late night music. I know that there are a couple of 2018/19 boxed cosmetic second SN2’s at a dealer.
Recently I demo’d the PMC 25.21 at home for 5 days and found them too bright, and nowhere near the step-up over the 3050’s that I expected given the differential in price. So with the speaker route I feel that maybe the 3050 might just survive a bit longer (they are 4 years old now).
Finally, the LP12 upgrade ladder is almost infinite, and I appreciate I’m at the bottom of the very tall ladder. But I would still class this as a good source compared to the rest of the system, so in the source first approach I feel I’ve made some headway at least.
Any thoughts on the route I should take would be greatly appreciated!
PS - my room is 3.5m x 5m, with beamed ceilings, solid quarry tile floor, and open plan on one side. I sit 2.3m from my speakers and they are in an equilateral triangle arrangement.
It looks like this…