Greetings all… I’m currently running a 552DR / 300DR / NDX 2 / RP10 + Superline + 3rd party PS / Focal Sopra 2’s.
Like many on the hifi and life roller coaster… I’m contemplating downsizing. Although I was initially contemplating scorched earth and selling the separates and moving towards a SN2… I’m backing off that position somewhat.
I am now thinking I’ll keep the 552… I got it gently used at a great price and I doubt I would ever be able to get another. It’s just so good and given that it’s in my possession now… kind of hard to let it go.
So… I’m pretty sure I’m going to pick up a gently used 250 DR… and sell the 300 DR.
The speakers are definitely going, as I’ll ultimately be moving in with my partner… she has cats… kittens actually… and I fear the speakers would get shredded. I’d spend too much time worrying about that… so I’d rather just let them go. So I’ll be looking for something gently used… probably standmounts, although I’d be interested in floor standers with only 2 drivers that are well out of kitten range. I’ll be buying used most likely and would like something that would be able to resolve much of what the 552 can deliver, without breaking the bank.
I’ll be keeping my sources… although may power the RP10 off the 552 to reduce box count, and sell the PS.
The objective here is to free up some cash… reduce box count and somewhat simplify… and to have a rig more suited to the environment I’ll be moving into (3 kids ages 9, 11, 14… 1 dog… 2 cats… no private listening room… stereo will be in the main lounge).
Looking for any opinions about my thought process here… thoughts from people who own similar setups (Richard Dane and Simon in Suffolk I believe both have 552 / 250 DR based set ups), and particularly interested in thoughts about the speakers I should be considering. The room the rig will be going in is fairly large… it’s an open concept-ish space… living area and kitchen… one long rectangular space about 15 feet x 40 feet with tall 20 foot ceilings in the living room half of the space and more standard 10 foot ceilings in the kitchen half of the space.