Dear Forum Members, I think I became carried away with upgrade specials on a second hand LP12 which is now, for all intents and purposes a new Akurate with an OAD Phono Pre-Amp with a Lyra Delos MC Cartridge.
My current HIFI system contains the following components:
Naim CD5 XS CD player
Naim Nait XS2 Integrated Amplifier
Flatcap XS Power Supply
This system grew as money became available. I possibly should have jumped in the deep end to start with a Supernait 2 at the time. Though I was so impressed with XS 2 I did not see nor could validate the purchase a SN2 at the time.
After playing a Cat Stevens vinyl album I feel back in love with vinyl again from my teenage years and early twenty’s, I am now 57 approaching 58 quickly.
Any how the sales person I purchased the Naim equipment from told me about his preference for vinyl and how much he had spent on his HIFI setup, about $24k AUD. Well after informing me about his Linn LP12 and how it was the heart of his system, I had to have one too, at least I thought I did. Well $14k AUD later over 12 months I now own one and do not regret the purchase. I have yet to pick it up due to COVID-19 travel restrictions for the last six months. I am patient and it is not going anywhere.
Later on, one chat led to another and I enquired since the turntable was of a high specification what would be a suitable complementing amplifier system.
He recommended the NAC202 and NAP200DR. No problems another $10k AUD which I will probably spend when I sell my Harley in six years time. Well at least that is the plan for the moment. I suppose anything can happen Naim wise in six years. Though I am put off by the purchase of this pre-amplifier due to lack of RCA inputs.
I already own one novelty vertical turntable which I have mentioned in another post and would like to continue to run this through the Nait XS2 or its replacement. I also enjoy the class A headphone output to listen to music when my wife watches TV in a separate room. Shelley does not have my same passion for Dire Straits or Pink Floyd. I do not believe that I am playing the music too loud at about 8:30 to 9 o’clock on the volume dial. Though evidently for her I am. Happy wife happy life and on with the headphones.
My question which I am sort of arriving at is whether to go with the dealers recommendations, forget the novelty record player altogether or possibly consider a SN3. A suitable streamer might be in the works later on. Though I have enough CD’s and vinyl, the latter of which is growing to last for ages and of course I have my favourites which I always find myself going back too.
Decisions and my reluctance to let go of the vertical record player and the headphone output of the Nait XS2.
Help required, please be gentle.