You will be in for a treat with the Etna SL. The SL is particularty suited to classical music as it has a more open sound than the non SL version. It has had a minor upgrade since I bought mine nearly two years ago. Nigel Crump at Synergy the importers, is very helpful. The latest one has “lambda” as a suffix. At now nearly £7.5K, ouch, it really does the job and some.
You need to talk the loadings through with your dealer. Sorry I can’t remember all the details, but you may be into another C £360 for loadplugs 04-001-0123 & 4 fitted to the rear of the Stageline. The Stageline should be powered by a Supercap DR and then into your pre-amp, ideally a 552.
Where do you stop?
Sorry, not able to come up with detailed advice on the plug loadings on the rear of the Superline.
When the Etna was installed my dealer advice was to see how I found the degree of treble and go from there. After a week or so they fitted two Airplugs based on my listening.
If I had chosen the “wrong” plugs coupled with the tweeter on my 802 D3s it might have been a bit too bright, so needs some thought before you specify the ones to go for.
At this level its all quite subtle IMO.
There is no right or wrong for which loading you like best, as i have found out lately, it depends on certain things, cartridge, cable, rest of your system, the recording on the vinyl and lastly your mood.
Its a shame you have to pick a certain loading and go with it with the superline, as being rear mounted is not really user friendly, if you want to change loading all the time, plus expensive if you want the better plugs.
So if i was you i would try them all and see which one you like best on a variety of albums
I know what you are saying Richard, but having owned a superline and many others, the superline isn’t the easiest one to adjust and live with.
Its hard to beat the instant adjustment that you can get on others from a front switch or even remote, as you can instantly hear any difference, rather then second guess, so far easier and quicker to set up, plus i have found i personally prefer different settings for some albums, that i wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t as easy to change.
Not saying the superline is bad as its far from that, just saying that it could be even better, as i didnt realise this, till i had one that could be adjusted so easily
Yes, I can appreciate the easiness of a switch (although I find the dip switch variety infernal things). Unfortunately switches introduce performance compromise that Naim have sought to avoid, hence the plugs.
I guess others have sorted out any performance related problems with that a switch my add, as most top end phone stages use this method.
Like all things, there are switches and switches, like plugs and plugs