…I think it might have to do with the type of speakers. Some have found not much benefit over the bare Nova of a 250DR whereas I personally found it to be a big upgrade, as always its worth evaluating using the usual criteria (i.e. is the additional cost of the upgrade <= the price you would put on the increase in SQ)…always worth a try before selling it on…
Speakers are Kudos X2’s. I’m interested to hear the difference
I came here to ask about turntable options and am finding the forum quite interesting.
However, I refuse to be assimilated. I might end up buying a turntable but will not be buying racks, powerlines, dressing cables or rewiring my house
Be afraid… be very afraid
The forum will drag you in…
Well, that’s an indicator for you. It’s a bit like my mrs when she goes shopping. She goes for butter and comes back with half the shop.
Trust me, that the same thing that I said when I first joined here. Managed to resist for around 3 years. After all, there is a reason why companies open up forums.
ok I may well end up eating my words but have strong resolve, so far…
I have been borrowing a 250DR from my local dealer to go with my Nova. My thinking was that this might drive my ATC19 speakers better (not that I have been disappointed by the Nova) and might also be a stage towards the mythical 272.2.
I have been surprised to find myself falling into the camp of “relatively little change” - the Powerline made a much bigger difference. There was more authority in the mid range and bass but it was not a substantial uplift and it also lost something, a certain jauntiness I would call it.
I’ve just gone back to the Nova only today and I’m not missing the 250.
So Plan B is try an NDX 2 and SN3. (Plan C is wait for the 272.2 and Plan D is think about speakers and then do nothing and leave the system as it is).
Thats interesting, with me I only had to add the 250DR and it was a no brainer, I haven’t even bothered to go back to confirm, more weight and authority particularly bass & drums (possibly to do with the Shahinians). I did get a good deal on the 250DR and like the idea of having a brand new DR power amp ready for if a 272.2, 572, or SuperNova ever appears on the horizon which would then be a straight swap out with the Nova. I wonder though if the spacing I have gone for in my stack (250DR well away from the Nova) allows the pre in the Nova to breath better (using brain/brawn analogy). Maybe thats adding something to the mix?
I agree - a decent power cable made a real difference to my Nova
A much underrated upgrade the powerline. I have them on all my products…
The other good option to upgrade the Nova is to add a sub. When set up well, it will significantly improve the overall scale and presentation of music.
…you know you cant
Definitely not needed with my set up, maybe thats down to the Obelisks?
Ah yes, I meant to reply to @PW42
Get thee behind me…
It’s certainly a thought.
Think I may have to back track slightly. Another thread mentioned bi-amping the Nova and 250 and, since I had some spare speaker cables lurking, I thought I would give it a go. And it made a significant difference. The same depth and authority was there but the bounce came back as well.
I was quite surprised at how well it worked given the two sets of cables were completely different and there was no attempt at a neat set up.
I still don’t think it is a way I will go unless the 272.2 suddenly pops into view as, for me, the cost/benefit doesn’t work. It has proved to me how good the Nova is on its own and any worthhile move is going to need a change of source.
Bi-amping the Nova is an interesting idea. I would love to try that, keep the same box count. I wonder if it’s possible to bi-amp the Shahinian? Otherwise could try it with a pair of ProAc D30s…
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