Does anyone know if the new preamp remote will work with older models? I’ve a 2008 282.
To liven up the above, I thought I’d give a quick run-through of my Naim journey which started on the 5th Feb this year (which is probably equally as dull!).
I live just outside of Salisbury and have got to know a Naim chap who’ve worked in the factory, but had never heard a system until I moved here 18 months ago and heard his. I’d always been a fan of the lower end of Arcam/Quad, and when I listened to his setup (552, 500) at the beginning of the year I was blown away.
So I ordered an Atom (ahem), as I’d heard great things. But then I wondered what would happen with an added power amp, so I got a 200 which sounded a bit wasted. So then I thought, if I’m adding a box, why get an Atom in the first place, so two weeks after that I bought an XS3 with a ND5 XS2. Since I still had the 200, I hooked that up and it sounded lovely, but then I thought, if I’m adding a power amp, why get an integrated amp? So my Naim chap ‘lent’ me a 202 which I added in lieu of the XS3 and things really picked up. It was recommended I bought a Hicap and NAPSC which I did, and the sound really widened.
But 2 weeks late I then wondered just how much better a 282 could be than the 202? So I went online 3 days ago found a chap selling one, which I bought. I saw he was also selling a 250, so I thought well, why not, so I bought that too. It actually turns out he was also selling a Supercap, so it seemed a bit daft not to complete the set. I’d had a beer.
As an 8 week journey I admit, it’s been quick. I’m not loaded - I had a bit of savings (which has now disappeared!). This is addictive. I know I don’t have the provenance of the Naim peeps who’ve been into it for 40 years, but I love the sound no less.
And the truth is, I’d pay double. Each time I hear something I’d not ‘tried’ before I try not to grin but it’s impossible. I think I’ll stick with what I’ve got for the foreseeable. For me, the journey has been priceless as it’s been huge fun, I’m a fan for life and, most importantly, I’ve heard my music how I always wanted to hear it.