actually I use a “legacy” ND5 XS streamer as a transport-only, feeding its digital output to an external DAC.
I wonder if adding an external PSU, to the ND5, would improve sound quality. If so, would the improvement be marginal or substantial?
I almost stream files locally, from NAS, but also enjoy Tidal (less frequently).
Thank you for your advice and opinion
Hi see here
Thank you for the notice!
A lot of useful information over that thread. Not expressely addressing the use of the ND5XS as a transport only, but much detailed anyway, with several reports from direct/personal experiences.
What DAC are you using and how are you feeding from the ND5?
Feeding from the ND5 through the BNC digital out, to Exposure MCX CD player (BNC digital in socket).
I wouldn’t bother purchasing an external PSU for the ND5XS (transport only) what I would do though is use the money towards an ND5XS2.
Given your CD/DAC I would be surprised if you could distinguish a substantial improvement from the additional PS. You could always demo (maybe) or as HiFiman suggest put the money towards something else.
Thank you both for your advice @Jack and @HiFiman.
Much probably, a new generation Naim streamer or a better DAC (say one of the offering from Chord, like Hugo, Hugo 2 or TT), represent a better way to improve sound quality, rather than adding an external PSU.
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