I am wanting to buy a used hicap DR or a Hicap with DR upgrades , I have read somewhere that the DR’d versions are less sort after and don’t maintain the same values on the used market or is that not the case?. Would I be better spending £800 on a hi cap DR 2013 without service or spending the same amount on a 2008 hicap 2 which upgrade to DR specs in 2020?.
It may depend on what it’s used with. When I had a HC on a SuoerNait 1, the option to have the DR upgrade became available, so I decided to have it done. For me it was transformative, bringing extra transparency and realism without losing the essential musicality I’d had before. It was, by far, the best VFM investment I’ve made in my system.
I’ve decided to go for the serviced and upgraded hi cap , now I’m confused by the cabling between the SN1 and the Hi Cap DR ?. Looking at the instruction manual it mentions a 240 degree cable from this hi cap to the Supernait and a 4 pin to 4 pin return cable , please don’t tell me that I have to buy two cables
As the item is coming with a 5 pin snaic cable hopefully that’s one of them ….
Yes, you’ll also need a SNAIC4. Pre-amp signal goes from the Supernait to the HICAP via the SNAIC5 (and 2x24V DC power from the HICAP to the SN pre-amp via the same cable) and then from the HICAP back into the power amp section of the Supernait via the SNAIC4.
Is the benefit of the hi cap it leaves the transformer in the Supernait powering the power amp section only rather than pre and power amp and the hi cap only powers the pre amplifier section leading I presume to an improvement in both departments