Or they could buy a pre-loved cd555 from a dealer for a quarter of the original retail price, as happened here recently. (Admittedly still in need of a power supply, but you get my point!)
CD is still very well served by excellent equipment with many years left to run and I can’t see a market desire for brand new kit as a result. Not at the sort of margins quality all-in-ones can presumably attract, anyway.
That may be the younger audiophiles. All my friends who were and still are avid music lovers from the 70’s all listen to the music via cd & vinyl and mention the word ‘stream’ they are totally lost in reaction; they make me feel modern as I listen to ripped Cds…
To be clear, my comment was in the context of a proposed Naim cheap box that would copy the CD into memory temporarily and then play it. I said I thought there would be a very small market for such a box.
Just to keep in context in case I didn’t relay my mad idea initially well enough, it was only the CD mechanism that I thought could be cheap in comparison as you wouldn’t need all the complex mechanics around vibration concerns, and all the additional electronic components to get an instant high quality output - the rest would be pretty much the usual high standard. I suppose the end product might be a ND5 XS2CD - anyway, mad idea probably. Just thought I’d mention it so even if Naim doesn’t take it on, Chord may read this, and who knows in years to come they may even name their company “Chord Gadget”
A revamped and updated front panel on the pre amps would seem overdue.
Why do we still have Tape in /out for example?
Not massive I know but the current line up seem to have unchanged for donkeys years.
It will be a massive change and will be fun to re read all these threads.
Some will cheer and some will cry I’m sure.
Maybe current supply issues are due to Naim tooling up and building up stock for a radical and sweeping change ?
Pure speculation on my end and maybe a bit if a conspiracy theory…