So I have the Nova for 5 days now, connected to my Special 40’s… Before the Nova, I had Yamaha AS 2100 and Hegel DAC with the same speakers.
After reading many reviews and comments in internet on the Nova, specially with positive reviews on the synergy with S40s, I bought the unit together with 4 meters of factory terminated NACA5s and frankly I had big expectations after reading how amazing it sounds but now that I have the unit, I have some mixed feelings. I was also considering Yamaha AS3200 since I am accustomed to the sound signature with a separate dac and streamer but that would have cost me considerably more than the Nova. Nova being the complete package seemed better solution and I also wanted to get into the Naim sound. Sometime ago I heard a Supernait 2 with ATC 40s and it was amazing.
My initial impressions of Nova compared to Yamaha, the soundstage seems to be between the speakers whereas the Yamaha spread the sound to the sides of the speakers with better depth… It had more expansive and holographic soundstage where the speakers would disappear. With Nova, the speakers doesn’t disappear. But I knew soundstage is not the strongest feature of entry level Naims… As expected the timing, pace, dynamism and attack is better on the Nova. Yammy has smoother, more laid back delivery but I guess it deals better with busy and complex music or badly recorded music. It’s more forgiving. The mids and upper range is much smoother, refined, and detailed on the Yamaha. Treble is sweeter whereas on the Nova can be rougher around the edges sometimes. Nova is great with acoustic tracks but seems to be more forward and sometimes tiring with busy tracks. Feels more congested.
In general, I realize that for some reason the Nova does not pull me into the music they way I was expecting or the Yamaha did. With very good recorded acoustic music, it sounds very good… For example Allan Taylor’s Looking For You album is pure joy on the Nova but with most of the other albums on Qobuz, or Spotify it sounds too neutral should I say ? mostly dark and congested. Like there is a veil… Therefore I always seek for good recorded music that sounds crisp and rich on the Nova to find the enjoyment and this is bugging me at the moment.
I would like to read comments for similar experiences, comments if any ?
A question ;
Screen display always switches back to cover art album but sometimes I want the detailed album info screen to stay on. Is there any settings to enable this ?