Got my NAP250 back from AVoptions last week for what must be one of the last DR updates. Put into the system and hear a much leaner sound that it used to have. I guess this will please those folks who thought the NAP250 sounded a but “tubby” but with my NA252/SC DR update/Service last year and my LP12 updates over the last 2 years (Kore, Karousel, Lingo 4, Trampolin), my entire system is now a lot leaner than it’s been for the last 25-25 years.
I’m guessing I’ll acclimate to this “brave new world” of sound in a few weeks but that’s quite a difference from what I’m used to!
I found the bass and sound general to be much better on the DR version. It goes incredibly deep but is much tighter. You should notice the extension and control, and things will open up as the days go by. Losing the lard of the 250.2 is no bad thing.
Agreed AC! But then this forum would have you believe that all DR upgrades sound superior! Superior is subjective in many ways and although ‘different’ is probably a given, it’s not always a positive change. I’ve read of quite a few people who didn’t like the new amp or PSU, even after they’d run in post DR ‘upgrade’.
No doubt I’ll get run down now…
A few years ago when I heard about DR upgrades I was very excited, but only until I discovered my olive NAP 250s could not be DR’d by Naim only later iterations, so I guess at least you had the option.
I suspect given a little time they’ll sound superb.
Admittedly I’ve not heard a 250DR in my system, but I did borrow a 300DR which was in a different league entirely to the olives driving SBLS passively, but a little prohibitive with an active system when I already have 2 serviced olive NAP 250s.
I’m intrigued. Is it possible a non-DR version of 555PS would be preferable in an otherwise fully Olive Active SBL system?
And would said 555PS be a limiting factor IF an ND555 was (at some mythical time in the far future) slotted into the system?
My guess is that prices for a used 250.2 will drop now that it can’t be upgraded to DR. So if you are sure that you prefer the non-DR version (and you are not the only one) it should be possible to get hold of one, and free up a bit of cash from the sale of your newly serviced and DR’d one.
If the OPs experience is like mine, they are able to simultaneously hear how it is vastly superior to the 250.2 in terms of clarity and airiness, but that the tonal balance just doesn’t seem to be right with their speakers/room.
My dealer told me this was the more “correct” sound and I needed to get used to it, but after a few months I never did. But new speakers arrived (I went from PMC Twenty.23 to Twenty5.23) and although similarly specified, behaved totally differently and restored what I had lost. The speakers were a planned changed anyway so it was a happy coincidence.