Would you mind going into a bit more detail with regard to the differences between A65 and Evo 2, I'm just curious to see if what I think is the difference between Arcam & Creek agrees with your experience?
...both the Arcam and Creek are fairly neutral amps. The Creek had a slightly better defined detail to treble and bass, allied to tad sharper dynamics. They both timed very well.
I was expecting a much cleaner sound to the Creek, but it had a lovely earthy, organic sound like Arcam.
Bare in mind that the Evo is over nearly twice the RRP of the Arcam. And Creek amps [certainly not Evo] do not have a dedicated AV input, and it was a lack of inputs that ultimately turned me away. Very good sound amp though...
Hope this helps.
Leema Tucana MKII; Arcam CD73; PMC TB2i; Pro-ject Classic/Goldring 2500; Denon TU260 MKII
That's pretty consistent with my own thoughts. A32's features are outstanding, but I do like the presentation and tighter tone of the Creek. I think that I will be wanting something fairly aggressive and dynamic in the CDP/ amp setup to get the most of the DALI's open sound.
How much more dynamic & tight is the Naim sound compared to the Creek? I heard Naim is pretty trebly...
Firstly, I've not heard the Dalis. But the Creek has excellent synergy with my MAs, like Arcam; Arcam, likewise, has very good synergy with Dalis, so logic tells me that Creek will marry well with Dali. If you gauging an amp purely on sound the Creek would edge it against the A65.
As regards to Naim I've had mixed experience with this brand: when I home demo'd the Nait with my current gear it was absolutely dreadful. It was boomy beyond what was reasonable....'orrible. When I was invited to 'The Towers' last summer I heard the same amp with Cyrus CDP and ATC SCM 11 speakers it sounded scrummy.
If you have long listening sessions I would certainly plump for either Arcam, Creek and Dali. If sonic aggression is what you're seeking then Naim would be the ideal solution, but don't partner it with Arcam and/or MA floorstanders...
If your thinking of Naim, then definately audition it first, as it was not my cup of tea at all. Everyones tastes are different though as I said.
Just goes to show how subjective sound is. I went in to my local hi-fi dealer with the aim of getting an Arcam FMJ A32 to upgrade my Audiolab 8000A. After a demo and home audition I ended up with a Naim Nait 5i, which to my ears was much more musical and dynamic, if low on feature count. This is not to say that the Arcam was poor - far from it. Tastes vary!