The mark 2 SBLs will never be a bottleneck for any Naim system if set up very carefully - till you crave even deeper and more powerful bass. It’s partly why the NBL and DBL existed. If anything, the SBL passive XO will limit its sonics to an extent once we reach 500 series electronics, IMHO. Then active drive comes into play.
I don’t want so many boxes - and neither do I have the space for them. Think most SBL owners will be happy with a passive 500 series setup driving their speakers. More than good enough. In fact, great.
There was a time in 2004 that I bought a CDX2 + NAC202 + NAP200 to drive a pair of B&W705s. Then followed the Hicap then the XPS2 and then a complete change to what I have now. Including some LP12 upgrades. Do I regret it? No, i still have it and enjoy it, especially after the service. It has been a useful means to discover and enjoy alot of new music. To answer another question in the other thread, there are so many pieces of enjoyable recorded music out there, so yes it was worth it. Although I must say that I’m glad I did not go further with the upgrades and take a break from that to focus on other priorities. Children’s education, house extension and renovation and other aspects of life.
Balance is the key be it the HiFi and other things in general.
Besides we now have a fantastic room to put it when we retire to our holiday home.
Not once was there ever an elitist or show off element.
Hi Dev… good to see you here, I remember you from the old Naim forums as well and you posted interesting feedback on the SBLs then and your upgrades… was it you?
Never gone the active route and don’t intend to. Isn’t the SNAXO 242 meant for SBLs and SL2s regardless for anyone going active? Their pods can be tweaked, as I understand it. I’m not sure. Never heard the IBLs.
I ran a pair of SBLs with 4x135s with a 52, now they power a pair of Ovator S600s. At the same time I bought a NDS, and last year I bought LP12. I’ve had the speakers nearly 10 years and have not regretted it, although I don’t use the LP12 as much as I thought I would.
I swapped a pair of SBLs for Kudos S20A after a recommendation from a very well known dealer. Much easier to set up, no problem with placement. I wouldn’t say that they are a huge upgrade but the Kudos are ahead of the SBLs I would say.