Yes I have heard the voice of reason!
0% offer on my credit card has finished too - but I have a head start in my amp fund - so maybe Xmas
I have changed my mind. Although the Nait 5i-2 is an excellent amp, I can see that you are already planning to launch from that into the Nait XS and then what? A Naim DAC, a Naim power supply for the XS?
Your credit card will be in tatters and Christmas dinner will be a Turkey burger and a mince pie!
This is one of the reasons (apart from the clutter and wires and looks and inflexibility) that I downsized from an all Naim system to something far less upgradeable. At the time I actually had the cash (company bonus + about £2K from sale of Naim stuff) to not need to harass my credit card, but I got fed up with it all and stepped off the wheel.
Instead I bought the Marantz (the best hi-fi purchase of my life so far), a brand new TV, some new furniture, some decoration, a nice holiday and banked the rest.
I can't be party to encouraging you to buy more upgrades to what (to many) is already an enviable system if it's going to EDITED your finances.
Marantz M-CR603 • Rega R3 loudspeakers • AirPlay • Apple iPad Mini • Apple iPhone 5 • Apple iMac • Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11N • Humax HDR-Fox T2 • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390
Nice one... everyone's happy!
I think Chebby is right, when it comes to Naim, as good a gear as it is, the upgrade path is never ending and a recepie for strife. So save your pennys for the amp you really want, the Rega Elicit.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
Yes you need to break the upgrade circle. I think you were even looking at a RP8? I would buy a decent system and then stick with it for years.
I dont really use credit cards with interest tbh, only if there is a deal on!
I am out of work at the minute, however I got an extemely good redundancy package which has afforded me a few luxuries in the form of my RP6 & RS3 speakers - a year ago I would of never dreamed of a £1k TT also settled all my unsecured debt which it such a massive weight off my shoulders. Put some money by for my daughter etc etc.
Going back to basics......I am just going to enjoy what is a very nice system (with the Elicit would be awesome) for a while then I guess I will appreciate an amp upgrade further down the road!
Right Im off to play some vinyl.......love it
BTW I have a new job starting September so I ve had some qaulity time with the missus & daughter!
Icon Audio ST40 III / KT88, Rega Apollo R, DAC, RS3
Rega RP6, Nagaoka MP-200, White Belt, Michell Tecnoweight, Rega Fono MM
Rega Quattro, Couple 1 & 2
Sonos Connect - Rotel RCD-965BX
Naim NAC A5 - Spendor SA-1
AKG K450 - AKG K551
Steve – make the most of your time now. I’ve been made redundant a few times - on one extended period I really got into cooking, which has had such a positive effect on the way we live.
I really enjoy my Rega kit, and my obvious upgrades are a Brio R and RS3 speakers, so I am very envious of your set up. I’ve demoed the RS3’s at home previously before deciding to purchase HC equipment last year.
My point is that although my wife agreed that the RS3’s sounded better than my mission’s (and she loved the look of them), she questioned whether the improvement was worth £780. I agreed really, as sometimes you have to consider the other things/commitments going on in your life. In contrast, it was much easier to ‘sell’ the benefits of home cinema, so I ended up spending a lot more than £780 – but for something that we could both enjoy.
Although it’s quite entertaining following your upgrade journey, I’d also say to enjoy what you’ve got for a while.
HiFi: Rega Brio 2000, Rega Apollo CDP, Mission 780's on Atacama SE20's. BK XXLS400DF. Chord Crimson Plus & Chord Carnival Silverscreen (b/w), Tacima MC.
HC: Pansonic TX-P50C3B, Onkyo TX-NR609, Sony BDP S480, MA BX2's, MA BXFX & MA BX Centre. BK XXLS400DF. Chord Carnival Silverscreen & Classic cables.
Kitchen: Sonos Play:1
I can identify with so much that is being said here and on balance I do actually agree - you have a great system Steve. If we are not careful we fail to get the value out of our purchases because we move them on so quickly.
I'm at a crucial turning point myself. I have been thinking my amp the weak point in my system and considering purchases to resolve this. However, last night I listened to vinyl for the first time in a while and it sounded stunning which suggests to me the amp (and speakers) might just be fine and that actually the CD player is potentially the weak point. The Roksan should be due back from repair in due course so when it returns I think I will try it again in place of the DCD720AE and see what happens.
Failing tht, a return to Arcam seems quite likely for me - lots of qualities for the music I enjoy, and sins of omission rather than glaring problems. There has to be an end-stop somewhere in all this.
Sources: Rega RP3/Elys 2 - Roksan Kandy K2 CDS Phono Stage Cambridge Audio 540P
Amplification: Exposure 1010
Speakers: Dynaudio DM2/6
Listening to MUSIC!
Do what you feel is right, however there is nothing wrong with being curious and taking a listen in the demo room to get a flavour.
You can decide if it is worth persuing or not then.
BTW I preferred my Nait 5i-2 with my setup (pre CD5XS) over the Nait XS. I was more impressed with the Nait XS at demo compared to Nait 5i-2 however which shows how much your own listening room affects things as well as time to reflect.
The Nait 5i-2 is not upgradable either So I plan on sticking with it!
New Neat Motive SX or new Nait 5i perhaps in the future.......... For now I have found a balanced and very enjoyable system that plays all CDs sooo musically without being hard to listen to. Getting the source right has made all the difference in my case.
Source:- Naim CD5XS
Amp:- Naim Nait 5i-2
Speakers:- Neat Motive 3 on Partington Super Dreadnoughts
Speaker Cable:- NAC A5
Mains:- Wireworld Matrix Block + Music Works ReEntry
Your current system is a fabulous example at any price. Do you know the end game or do you have a system that would make you stop upgrading?
Some posters take the EDITED out of me because I take ages to purchase a component. There's a good reason for that, and nothing directly to do with money: How often do I change any of my components? My end game, unless I win the lottery, is the Pulse and the challenge is for me to get the sources to similar standard, already started with the CDP.
Enjoy your kit. Enjoy life.
Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i
Formerly known as plastic penguin
ok amp is on the back burner guys!
been playing vinyl all day, back doors open - sorry to the neighbours!
I think you were even looking at a RP8?
I just listened to one with a Bryston pre/power I have no intention of changing my TT - maybe a Cart and/or phono stage thats all!
The problem with listening to gear is it will tempt, just like that Rega amp. you had no intention of buying. Once I have bought the system thats it. Forums don't help much either.
Was happy with my RS1, but you lot kept telling me speakers, speakers, speakers so I hold you lot responsbile!
Picked up my RP6, while I was there waiting for cart to be fitted had a listen to some Dreamcatchers, RS3 - was sold on the RS3, had some home demos of Excite X12 and R100s - the RS3 were the best in my Lounge so I have some keepers!
Am i being told off!
Yeah I know you are all right!
To be honest my RS3s are just starting to sound really good too and if I am honest pretty happy with my system at the min!
Anyway - Floyd has very kindly lent me a Dynavector 10x5 to try out so will fit it tomorrow!
Most definitely. take the wife out for great slap-up meal and book a holiday and surprise her.
Not being told off, believe me it's the voice of reason that sits at the back of your mind. You know it speaks the truth but you just can't help yourself.........I'm still there and I rely on my wife to be the back up to that voice of reason, it doesn't always work but I'm better than I was.
The voice of reason you're so right I had this for 9ish months before I got my Leema and DB1i. Mines a year old from eBay seller who happened to live 2 mins from me, there was another one on eBay recently for £650 starting bid did not sell for about 5 relists I still have the user name if you want to contact him.
Steve I really think you should get the Rega! Looks fantastic and this is part of what this hobby is about, you did sell your bike!
Should be receiving a Leema Elements amp next week for a demo, guys got one with the dac, one without a dac so thought I'd give the dac one a go and see what improvement that has over the rDac
Still set for the Elicit R - later this year
A little feature of the Elicit R is the fact in AV mode it bypasses the Elicit pre-amp - and just uses the power amp, useful for me as I use the front preouts on my Yamaha
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