A lot of my chrome bumper/olive classic kit was in storage for various reasons.
A Nova (replacing an Atom with a display fault) was purchased as a temporary measure with the likely intent of keeping this for more general use in another room.
Added an old NAP 250 to the Atom/Nova to great effect.
Tried setting up the Nova as source to NAC 72/HICAP/NAP 250 but there was hissing on one of the channels/other oddities.
I got a NAC 282, had the older kit bar the NAC 72 and chrome bumper NAXO serviced, and now have SBLs running active with 2 x NAP 250s.
I’ve felt the sound since reverting to active has been rather thin and not as involving as expected - perhaps the NAXO needing a service (very occasional static like pops come from the speakers) or the sound of the other components having radically changed after servicing several months ago?
For whatever reason it dawned on me a few days ago I’d not tried the NAC 72 in the active setup and quickly swapped it for the NAC 282 yesterday.
Now I’ve not listened in depth, but immediately music seemed to have more weight, drive and authority.
I had Roon playing and it entered the mode where it plays random tracks it thinks you’ll like.
A Red Hot Chilli Peppers song started up and I sat up due to the clarity of guitars and drums at the start.
Next, listening to Tori Amos’ Unrepentant Geraldines which I’ve played a lot in recent years, the piano accompaniment, especially lower frequency chords seemed far more involving and detailed, and I’m literally hearing the music differently again, it’s more involving (repeating myself I know). The title track was one which showed me the big difference between Atom and Nova sorting out the complexity of the music when I listened to the latter newly arrived at the dealership (did an A/B).
So, is this sudden excitment due to a more ‘ballsy’ involving presentation from the NAC 72 which will seem overblown with extended listening, or perhaps simply the amazing synergy this had with the olive NAP 250 when I originally got them?
The NAXO and NAC 72 are definitely in need of servicing ‘on paper’ too.
This has thrown up some awkward questions - am I simply more attuned to the older olive component presentation of music? Is this temporary, will I find it fatiguing in the long run?
The NAC 282 is powered from a single recently serviced olive HI-CAP (the other is now powering the NAXO but 2 HI-CAPs on the NAC 282 wasn’t conclusive one way or the other).
Is the NAC 282 simply not that good with a single olive HI-CAP I have to ask myself? I
was considering an older recently serviced Supercap a few weeks ago but could not get a demo, and earlier this week was wondering about a SupercapDR.
Just put some older Kate Bush on and my foot is tapping immediately, whereas with the NAC 282 I was listening instead.