Question is, should I add a Hi-cap DR (on useful sale at moment) or is there anything else I should be directing my upgrade bug monies to? If former, have others done this and how much of a benefit was it?
I’d suggest you try it first, as not everyone prefers the sound with the Hicap added. By NAS xs2, do you mean ND5XS2? Before adding a Hicap, I’d like to hear what difference an NDX2 makes, or alternatively adding a secondhand Naim nDac.
I have mixed feelings about adding a HiCap to my Supernait 1. On the one hand, I know what the PSU does to it, on the other hand it’s true about not everybody loving the effect. If I remember correctly, years ago you were doubtful about adding a HiCap to a CD5(x), suggesting that a FC2(x) gave better balance. Sometimes a HiCap may seem to ‘turbo charge’ (your words) a unit. I’ve had similar feelings a couple of days ago listening to a SN3 with and without HCDR; the PSU seemed to add ‘flesh’, to ‘saturate’ colours, to bring everything more upfront. I wasn’t sure I liked it. Yet, I personally find it very difficult to leave an empty PSU socket alone.
Once I tried a dual-railed SNAPS on my second or third SN instead of a HiCap. The SNAPS used a NAP110’s transformer by design, had only one large-ish capacitor and a simpler version of LM317 regulators. I found it brought benefits in terms of timbre more than of detail and/or presence. It seemed to give the SN a more refined, nuanced and less muscular voice overall. I’ve always found the SNAPS an extremely wise compromise between a FC - not much of an addition to a SN - and a HiCap. If I found one again, I’d surely use it directly on my Stageline, on which it seems perfect to me.
But of course, a SN3 needs a DR-ed PSU to fully benefit from it.
Pointless Post I know, but I like telling of my short life with SNAPSs.
I would say that the room does not do justice at the moment as speaker positioning is not how should be, but I have plans to rectify that. Also, is a fairly ‘bright’ space (ie with hardwood flooring and rug, albeit with quite a few curtains) so could probably do with some more absorption to reduce the reverberation time.
The room proper is c.28m2 (with rest around corner in L shape), so listening distances not too much.
In perfect world would have dedicated listening room, but upgrade budget in no way able to find construction of that .
Lots to ponder. (Think was someone else you recalled? I do have a CD5i in the loft, but should probably sell as us the ND5 xs2 for digital source material, ie all ripped to my NAS)
Trouble is you can listen to a shop demo and not fully appreciate long term. Even if take a loan one for a week or two, need to listen to for probably longer.
It did occur to me that could probably buy one (at current sale price), use for a few months, and then if not to taste sell again as near new and have lost very little.
This mirrors my experience. While my HiCapDr was being serviced I thought maybe I don’t need it and should sell it, however once I put it back in my system the magic returned. I think the SN3 is so good I’d wait until you have everything else sorted then add a HiCapDr (however if the price is right buy it now with confidence )
Can’t go wrong with HCDR at a good price e.g… 60% of current rrp or less
And only accept one if it doesn’t hum in your environment (some do, some less so). Otherwise, the hum may outweigh the benefits!