Hey folks - I am so happy with my Uniti Nova I have two of them, one in my office and one in my main listening room. I have been through many separates, tubes, solid state, pretty high up the Chord ladder (M Scaler/TT2), but I have not found anything that pairs with my speakers and has the musicality and timing of the Nova - which ended up replacing nearly $30,000 of high end amp, preamp, and Chord stack.
Now I have been prone to upgrade-itis and that is part of the reasons why I initially looked at the Uniti series. So I am extremely happy with the Nova in my main listening room (I still listen in amazement several hours per day) but it really piques my curiosity that it sounds SO GOOD but there are other higher levels that could offer even better performance. It’s honestly hard to believe.
The catch is that there’s no way I want to get into Naim separates, even though I am in love with the Naim sound now. I think it’s far more expensive even to go to an NDX 2/SN 3 is more than twice the cost of the Nova for what I can’t imagine is more than a 10% gain in performance. There’s just no way I can get caught up in the upgrade pattern of XPS DR, HiCaps, etc let alone 250DR, 300DR, etc. I’m sure it is jaw-dropping but I am really not in a position to get back on that merry go round.
So my question is - WHAT tweaks exist for improving sound quality on the all-in-one Nova? For starters I do have a Transparent power cable, it does an excellent job and has noticeable effect. I am very happy with my speaker cables and IC cables as well. I have auditioned the Nordost QPoints with the Nova and they do have an audible effect on the Nova, but to my ears not in a good way.
My Nova is being fed through ethernet via an Innuos Zenith MK III. So I am thinking maybe something in that area could reap benefits. There are certainly higher models from Innuos but again the top of the line Statement is 3x the cost of the Nova and I’m not sure that’s a smart way to invest in the system. There are things such as the UpTone etherRegen I have thought about as well.
But what are your experiences, Nova owners - what are the tweaks and upgrades that have really made an improvement to your ears?