Out with the Arcam, in with the Naim?
Im thinking of streamlining my system a little. I bought the P38 to boost my system in the power department and also because it was a way of staying faithful to Arcam after 15 years of having one of thier amp's at the heart of my system. I love the warm sound and they way I can just sit there and listen for long periods of time, but that doesnt happen too often these days. Im finding my listening habits tend to swing towards more of the occasional attack at my latest downloads, the odd DJ mix using my Traktor system and background music when im doing paperwork.
As my music collection increases in quality (.WAV's as oppose to .mp3's) there seems to be more of a propensity for me to pick holes in the system. The bass sounds a touch wooly and lacks what i'd deem real depth & punch, even an old 70w NAD C355BEE beats the 105w P38 in that department hands down. I listen to melodic house/techno, so high's and mid's are terribly important, moreso than outright bass. There seems to be this misconception that people that listen to dance music just want bass in our face, not true. I would rather experience bass that is tight, controlled and because im a drummer and have a keen ear for it, impeccable timing.
My local hi-fi shop is a Naim dealer. Ive always had a softspot for Naim products ever since hearing my uncles NAIT teamed up with some Dynaudio Contour's and a Rega Apollo. Im now in a position where im fortunate enough to afford a decent midrange amplifier (£1500 max) and naturally the Naim product range interests me, more speficially either a NAIT 5i-2 or a NAIT XS. It will be paired up with my Rega RS5's, which I love, very musical speakers indeed.
What im wanting to know is if im EDITED into the proverbial wind with this change? My source isnt a £1000 DAC or CD player, rather the humble Arcam rDAC wireless which I use with the rWAVE dongle in my Macbook Pro. Does one need a source more befitting of a £1500 amplifier?