Lots of threads already on here about this topic and I’d been scouring them avidly in advance of making the jump.
System: CDX2, XPS, 282, HiCap
Speakers: Russell K Red 120 via TQ Silver II
Conclusion, the 250 is the superior power amp but it doesn’t embarrass the 200 by any means.
High points of the 250 DR:
More space between instruments
Generally smoother (less harsh), particularly vocals
Superior bottom end but not by a huge amount (does not overwhelm the room with bass)
Increased detail and better soundstage, the lower noise floor feels quite apparent.
Above all else, where I find the 250 DR excels, is making much better sense of complex musical passages where the 200 would sound noticeably ‘muddled’ by comparison. With simpler “well recorded” material, the 200 still sounds excellent but clearly has its limits compared to the 250 DR
Think the 250 could be my long term power amp, safe in the knowledge that it will deliver on any future upgrades elsewhere in the system.
Did that upgrade last year trading in the 200 for 9 month old ex dem 250DR, and 202 to 282 at same time, would be tempted to go 252 but cannot accommodate an SCDR which is kind of convenient given the 252 divides opinion