My first bit of Naim gear was a second hand CD5si many years ago, and more recently a new Supernait 2 from mid 2019 for about a year. I loved both for various reasons, and they like most bits of equipment were on sold, when other bits of gear were changed and the synergy wasn’t there anymore.
Long story short, I have just purchased a NAP250DR, and my system is now an Auralic Vega G2 as my source and preamp, into the 250, driving some Q Acoustic Concept 500 floorstanders.
Before I purchased the 250, I was considering coming back to a Naim integrated, the SN3 but I was encouraged to try using my Auralic as a pre straight into a Naim power amp, putting my dollars into the best possible amp I can afford at this time.
As an interim ‘audition’ I was given a NAP100 power amp to use in my setup to see what it was like using my Auralic as a pre, and having a Naim power amp instead of an integrated, or pre/power (which is beyond my funds at this time). It was a used NAP100 so well and truly broken in. Anyway although it struggled with transient swings - you could hear it straining at those points, I thought overall things sounded terrific. Warm, punchy, and musical.
So on the basis that ‘the 100 gives you about 15% of what the 250 gives you’ as told by Naim dealer, I figured I’ll go all in on the 250 so I committed.
It’s been in my system for 2 days now, left on as recommended, and has 20 hours of playback time on it.
First few tracks played when I set it up I thought, yeah… this is good and going to be amazing but to be fair I think I feel that way every time I get new gear.
I am very aware of burn in, and have experienced this before with my Supernait 2, as well as other gear.
Yesterday I got a proper chance to sit down and listen for a couple of hours as it was approaching 20 hours.
What I liked was, warmth and effortlessness, and a clarity without brightness around the strands and layers of sounds in songs, I heard things with more clarity than I’d ever heard before. What I didn’t like was a small soundstage, and very light bass weight/impact.
So whilst it feels good to have Naim on my equipment rack again, I do have some concerns…… and I wonder if any 250 owners can tell me - is this part of the process - is it going to improve soundstage and bass weight with more play, or is a small soundstage and being bass light part of the 250’s character?