We at the moment have a Nova with Chord Epic x speaker cables and Fyne Audio F502SP speakers which we enjoy a lot.
Plus no fraim just a solid sideboard.
My question is, in New Zealand the new classic range is for the 3 boxes $45,000 $15,000 each.
What would your suggestions be for the same outlay on a purely streaming side of things in the old classics range be?
This is all hypothetical, but i’m interested in your thoughts thanks.
You could start with the 2 boxes , however I would highly recommend the addition of the XPS power supply in time, it gives an incredible increase in overall sound quality , I’m a huge fan of the Naim power supplies. You could go for the lesser ND5XS 2 streamer but it’s not upgradable with power supply
Here in Australia there is currently a deal going with a 30% discount on the NDX2 and XPSDR, so that’s a pretty big saving.
I’ve moved from a SuperUniti (Nova ancestor) to New Classic NSC222 and NAP250 and have been absolutely delighted. I didn’t bother with the NPX300 although that is a future option. You could either go with a NC two box set or pick up some really good 2nd hand kit.
Yes noticed that, they must have overstocked here . Quite incredible really, whilst customers in Europe were screaming for Streamers during pandemic , one could order one here and delivered in a couple of days . Nuts
Now here if one wants to upgrade to the new classics ( which are horrendously expensive here ), from the previous classics, the trade in value on the classics has dropped markedly due to the discounting, so the cash trade up amount has increased markedly . Again that’s nuts. This has been mentioned before in the main new classics thread
My guess is that the 5 box second list would be much better than the recently released 3 box new classics , just my gut feel and can’t back that up as haven’t heard the new gear as yet.
I’m not a fan of a preamp/streamer in one box but that’s just me, and it’s not upgradable like say the Linn Streamers , but they have a different sound to naim anyway and again extremely expensive in Aus and NZ
All depends on how far down the rabbit hole you want to go Roba
What I can say though is that all will be a big improvement on the Nova which has crammed everything into one box , and nothing wrong with that either as many customers very happy with that.
I actually didn’t have a streamer but have been contemplating dipping in for the last couple of years ( have had naim gear since 1980 odd ) at the instigation of a couple of nice guys here on the forum giving me heaps because I didn’t have one ( have 2 TT’s Linn LP12’s plus CDP)
The reason I went for the NDX2 over the ND5XS 2 is because you can add the XPS power supply which one can’t do with the ND5XS 2 unless you can find the discontinued NDAC
I am a huge fan of the naim PS’s knowing what they can bring to the party ( having had the full 500 series in a past life) , I can vouch that the XPS brings significant upgrade to the overall sound quality
I’m very happy going for the NDX2 I must say, was contemplating your streamer but the great discount tipped me in that direction
I have a 252/SCDR/250DR in one of my TT systems but aim is to eventually have the NDX2/XPS with that system perhaps but currently really happy with it on the SN3/HICapDR/XPS2
Having said all of that I believe the ND5XS 2 is excellent with the SN3/HICAPDR but the XPS brings more to the party for me
It is very tempting, and you’re right, an audition is the next step.
I do wonder how many years I’d get out of the NDX2, with technology always changing and that streaming platform being nearly 5 years old - but (difference in cost between the two aside) that’s the same situation that I’m in with my current streamer.
And from what can gather there seems to be a number of satisfied owners of the original NDX out there; no one has a crystal ball, but the odds are pretty good that I’ve still got a few years of musical joy ahead of me - whether I stick with what I’ve got, or upgrade!
The streaming platform in the NDX2 is the same one in the NSC222 - the Naim/StreamUnlimited co-developed NP800. By all accounts it was developed to be fairly future proof, at least in terms of having a decent amount of processing power/storage for future updates & features
I also thought about the future when purchasing the NDX2, it’s a very good product and naims life cycle is usually at least 10 years plus for the good stuff
Also when it’s replacement arrives, and it’s just a streamer ( no preamp in the same box), I’m thinking the cost will be circa $20k here in Australia (maybe more) which is somewhat over the top vs the current NDX2 price of $8.4k