I have audiophysics tempo 3i. And NAC202 with a NAP200. What will be the effect if I just upgrade to a NAP250. Is it possible that it might sound worse?
I really think that the audiophysics like to have a little bit more power.
Other components are CHC NAPSC HICAP non DR.
NDX and CD5X and flatcap.
A NAC252 or NAC282 will probably to expensive.
There for I am wondering what the upgrade from NAP200 to NAP250 might do.
I didn’t get on with a 200 in my system and the 250DR is a pretty great amp. I’m not sure how it will be with a 200 fronting it though. Maybe sell the 202/200 and get a SN2 or SN3 if funds allow. Then upgrade from there as funds allow.
The 250DR is a great power amp, but in this case I agree with ‘forum lore’, to me it doesn’t pair well with a 202. So given that you already have a Hicap I would say get a 282 first. You won’t need your NAPSC as the 282 is normally supplied with one, so you can sell yours so cut the cost a little.
If you are serious about streaming, I would add an XPS to your streamer, as I find that it’s not really a good enough source without one when your amp gets more revealing. A DAC upgrade would be another option here.
Could say much the same about your CD player too. Good though it is, it’s an X level source trying to compete with a Classic level amp.
A used NDAC might be a good option to consider here as it would upgrade both NDX and CD player with just one box. You probably wouldn’t then need the Flatcap either.
Edit: you can’t upgrade a CD5X with a separate DAC as it has no digital out, unlike its successor, the CD5XS.
I have had the 202 with a 250-2 and it never sounded «right» until I finally got the 282. My end game was 282 Supercap and 250 (… last words) and buying second hand as the opportunity arised meant that I for a short period had 202 and Supercap. That was rather amusing, 202 on illegal substances I can only echo @ChrisSU, improve your sources and get a 282 before the 250.
I’ve a 202/200. They will be going in the next year or so. I’ve heard the 202 paired with both a 282 and 250 and, whilst long standing forum members will know of my antipathy towards the 282, I have to say a 250, which in other contexts is a very decent power amp, absolutely does not pair well with a 202.
The 272/250DR are a great two box solution. Throw an XPS DR on it and it’s even better. It really depends on where you’re going though. If you’re wanting to get up the upgrade path for separates it might make sense to go a different route. But for the money it’s tough to beat the 272/250DR.
I compared 250.2 with 250DR on 272/XPSDR and Focal 1028be… I found that with the DR the sound gained in natural, the sound was softer but the sound lost in PRAT, in speed, in energy… on classical and acoustic I think the DR is better, but on everything else I prefer the 250.2, because I listen to all styles of music I kept the 250.2…
Just to clarify, I have the PowerLine and the NACA5…