I tried to search the forum for an answere, but it seems that the discussions focuses on «two HiCaps better than one?» and «SC even better than two HiCaps?». So I would love to hear your experiences regarding «HiCap or not?» in my setup:
Pro-Ject 1Xpression w/ Ortofon 2M Black
Linn Majik DS
Dynaudio Focus 160
Hi-fi budget atm is one HiCap or nothing, and I have one at hand for what i would concider to be a decent price.
The 200 powers an 82 adequately, and a 200DR better, but a Hicap is certainly better still, and a HicapDR is better again. I don’t think you will regret it.
Do remember that an old Hicap may be in need of a service, and either budget for that or buy one with a known history.
As Chris puts so well above, you’ll definitely not be wasting your NAC82 even if powering just from a NAP200. Better still from a NAP200DR, and better again from a HICAP etc… However, remember that none of the can disguise or help an inadequate source; in fact they will only expose it all the more, so you must factor that into the equation and maybe consider putting the budget towards a front end upgrade.