In the end I’ve opted for the Naim Nait 5i and Rega RS3. Budget limitations meant I’ve had to hold off on the Rega DAC for the time being but am currently using an Arcam rLink that I already owned.
Leaning towards something v similar, except Neat Motives 3, not Rega speakers. And the Nait 5i would be ex-demo and, yes, it would be three or so boxes, big and small, rather than on. Thoughts?
Simon - I fell in love with a Cyrus set up at the one and only What HiFI show I went to at Hammersmith a number of years ago. It was a a/v set up, but sounded like the dog's blx. On an individual basis, I don't know the Cyrus products at all and as for 'expansion' or 'flexibility' I'm not too fussed as I'm effectively just using one source to the 5i - streaming. My thought process on the purchase (2nd hand) was that it was setting me back £500 to give it a go. If I didn't like it, I could always sell it second hand, and it seems Naim keeps a constant second hand value (to an extent) so what would be the worse I could end up - flat (with a little effort) or even down £50, which isn't unreasonable.
So far, I've loved the set up, and but for the need for HDMI switching, would go to a two channel set up for a/v as well. As I've expressed somewhere else, I'd probably audition Linn DSM or the new Nad with HDMI switching, if I could do-over. Alas, that opportunity will come with a new house, which, by definition, will mean I have no cash to spend on hi fi.
So, I'm happy with my current set-up.
Living Room: Samsung 40C7000; Oppo BDP-103EU; Onkyo SR308; Apple TV3; Airport Express; Sky HD+; Jamo A102 HSC5; Naim Nait 5i-2; Neat Iotas; Chord / Wireworld / QED / TCI interconnects and speaker wire; Harmony 550 universal remote; Tacima mains conditioner Portable: Shuffle (1G); iPad (1G); iPad Minil FiiO E1; AKG450; Grado SR60i; Sennheiser CX300II; custom Ultimate Ears Car: iPod Classic 120GB
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