New Year, New Naim system, as the old saying goes. Scene set, I’m on the cusp of swapping out my dear friend the Supernait 2 for a Supernait 3.
The current setup has now settled down to a mix of a SN2 + HiCap DR + ND5 XS 2. The longer term goal in mind is a sensible box count built around a new SN3 + eventually an NDX2 + an XPS DR even further out and as my appetite to add boxes waxes and wanes. I have a spare Rega TT as well so the ability to utilise that for occasional use, plug and play so to speak is appealing, beyond the obvious performance uplift associated with moving from a SN2 to a SN3 in the heart of the system.
Broadly the question posed here is, of those in similar situations, given the design changes made between the SN2 and SN3 and the uplift in performance of a bare SN3 vs a SN2 (with and without an external PSU), do I let my existing HiCap DR go and run the new SN3 bare or would I be listening in a state of constant regret running it without the HiCap DR?
I’d be curious to hear from any other SN3 owners, especially those with a history of running a SN2 in the same system and what the feeling is of how the SN3 compares both with and without a HiCap DR?
I’m leaning towards keeping the HiCap DR during the run in period of the SN3 then doing a more conclusive evaluation of if I keep the HiCap DR longer term or not, but curious at this pre purchase stage anyway as a source of guidance. I’m also assuming here that a longer term swap in of a SuperCap powering a SN3 does not make either performance or economic sense, unless it ends up with a NAC252 hanging off it that is.