So here we are…
After a) taking the plunge for what is most likely, my ‘end-game’ loudspeakers (SCM19A) and b) finally accepting that, as much as I love Naim’s hardware, their software’s inherent clunkiness and limitations is not up to par.
So yes, I need to move on to find the right source and pre-amp, even if this means going beyond Naim, so I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction
At the moment, Im using the pre section of my Nait XS (1st gen) and the ND5 XS as a source. In terms of SQ, I am more happy. (the Nait and ND5 will most likely be sold or go to a second system with a pair of Neat Motives)
Here’s the thing; I do not want to invest thousands in a streamer, technology moves on way too fast in this camp (unlike amplification and loudspeakers) and I cannot afford to renew the source every 5 years because the hardware cannot cope with the demands of new features. So yes, it’s a compromise I will have to live with; a cheaper (streaming) source that I can replace every 3-5 years.
So guys? What are my options? My initial thought was Sonos Port feeding a DAC V1 and then into the SCM19A - Is there anything out there I am not considering?
The Guards of the “Source First” brigade will be sharpening their pitchforks as they read this but, would other of a more open mind be able to recommend a set up that ticks the boxes below?
- 2 box solution
- Excellent control interface and browsing experience (think Sonos, think Roon)
- Sub 4 figures (used prices)
- No Chord products please (Regardless of their sound, I cannot live with their aesthetics)