Yes, it was one of those “I really want to like it moments” with the SN1 & 2, but just couldn’t square it off, at the time my main system was all Densen (now is the alternate one in a cabin/gym) and the Densen did all the bits I liked in the Naim sound but also more, so didn’t go with it.
I later listened to the XS2, CDX2 and HCDR which up until recently formed the basis of the main in house system, the XS2 and HCDR just was more to my taste than the SN’s at that time.
However, most recently when listening to some speaker options the dealer didn’t have an XS2 combination so instead used the new SN3, because the turntable couldn’t reach they put in the Rega Aria as the phono stage, and when listening to that I found it stunning, did all the timing bits with pace but also had the subtlety and delicacy that to my hears had eluded the SN’s.
So I placed the order for the SN3 and Aria and its been excellent, but definitely more in line with what attracted me to the XS2 and HCDR in the first place than previous SN’s in my opinion and more importantly in my room.
I remember a similar dilemma to the SN’s years ago (ok decades) when auditioning new Cd players, had a Copland, Marantz CD17KI and Densen B400+ all on dem, my head wanted the Copland, as I felt a natural aversion to single make system (densen), equally the Marantz was so well reviewed it must be good. The Densen slayed them, wasn’t even close, but I was convinced I must be wrong, so I started swapping them round and my wife, who was in the kitchen, picked out the Densen every time. “Ooh, that’s better”, unreal and she holds little interest in hardware other than in music, so the Densen it was and following a recent service it is still an amazing player, different, character, absolutely, but then their tag line is life is too short for boring hifi.