I put my recent upgrade money into XPSDR on the DAC which is now absolutely the best source I can do budget wise, I have a mental block about the 282 because to put money in a 282 is money which could go into a 252 and now I think I’ve a good enough source for 252 so the 282 just doesn’t seem cost effective
I had CD5XS/nDAC/XPS/200/202/HC/NAPSC and upgraded to the 282 with 2XHC. It was a very nice and significant upgrade but what made the biggest difference was swapping the 2XHC with a SuperCap. I then finally understood how much the power supplies could contribute. A few years later I got a 252/SCDR, and then a few years later got a 552 non DR. The 282/SC still lingers in my mind as the tipping point for me and I think it is a superb combination. I found the 282/SC to be “fat/juicy” and perhaps aggressive vs the elegant, detailed, clear and more revealing 252. I apologize for the poor descriptions. I am Norwegian and have had a few beers and a couple of small glasses of Cognac. I think the 282 is a brilliant preamp!
I went from 202 to 282, and it was a revelation. It did not change my system immensely in terms of tonal balance, perhaps a tad warmer. However, it is much better in terms of clarity and resolution which does make every aspect of the music clearer. I guess that the speakers are a weighty factor here as what they do with the higher quality feed is important. I don’t really factor in the looks, it’s all about the music for me.
It is rare and I was unfortunate enough to buy almost everything at the same time from the same anodizing batch. The 282 is probably the most extreme one to leave the factory.
Naim do of course handle this within warranty. There is no worry there. In my case, I bought in the UK and shipped unboxed to my home 6000 miles away in a country with no Naim distributor. I’m sure it would all be taken care of but the cost of shipping to the UK and back is astronomical and Naim aren’t really on the hook for shipping costs of customers who take gear willing to a country where they have no presence.
In 2024, the whole lot is up for recapping (a major benefit of having everything the same age). I will negotiate new fascias for the 4 affected boxes then.
They certainly aren’t, but I’d expect Naim to not like having pics of pink 282s on these forums. I’ve had manufacturers cover egregious problems when I took gear to countries where they didn’t have a presence at their own expense because they realized it was something they messed up in a pretty bad way. Not something they are obliged to do, but I did consider it pretty sterling service.
Honestly, it isn’t a big deal. Naim has no resale value in my country anyway so it is about the sound and not much else. And the colour isn’t affecting that.
Though it will be out of warranty in 2024, I’m sure something can be worked out for replacing fascias during the recap. I’d rather enjoy the system than be without it for months while 4 boxes are qued in the service dep.