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Discussion in 'audio' started by Werner Mayrhuber, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. Werner Mayrhuber

    Werner Mayrhuber Well-Known Member

    Hallo everybody, I'm so happy with me new (but preloved) equipment-I want to share my experience:

    Naim HDX SSD
    Naim DAC with Teddy Pardo XPS
    Naim NAC 282 with Teddy Pardo DualCap
    Naim NAP 300 DR
    Naim Ovator S-400
    sounds really amazing- wonderful timing, music ist breathing, I really love it.

  2. MrMac

    MrMac pfm Member

    Happy listening.
  3. Timo_F

    Timo_F pfm Member

    Well done Werner — great Naim combo you got yourself!! :)

    I am wondering about treating myself with a preloved 282... I already have a 250DR. I would thus need a PSU. Have you compared your “cuddly” PSU with the Naim ones? I would be curious to learn about your experience.

    Cheers, and happy listening indeed!
  4. Werner Mayrhuber

    Werner Mayrhuber Well-Known Member

    Hallo Timo, i´m sorry but I had no chance to compare with the Naim PSU. Teddy Pardo was the result of reading a lot of opinions and no need of recapping the PSU in future. Good luck for finding a preloved 282 and happy listening.
  5. Spacecadett

    Spacecadett Member

    I use a Teddy Pardo Dual Teddy Cap powering a NAC 202 & a Stageline & prefer it to a Hicap I owned. It’s difficult to put my finger on exactly what it did to the sound. Tighter, fuller maybe. But I certainly prefer the cost difference!
  6. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Can’t go wrong with a NAP 300 no matter what’s used with it.......from my point of view !
  7. Whatsisnaim

    Whatsisnaim pfm Member

    I use a Teddycap Plus with a 282, and I’ve been very happy with it. What I like about the TC Plus is that it replaces the NAPSC as well as the Hicap, so it keeps the number of boxes under control. (This also applies to the Dual TC.)
    I did listen to my system with a HicapDR, and thought it sounded a little better than the TC Plus, but not enough to persuade me to spend the extra cash, and I’d have needed an extra shelf on the rack, too.
  8. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    pleased you like the ovator s400 , they seem to sell so cheap i almost wonderd if something wrong with them !
  9. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member

    Impressive. What are your thoughts on the Ovators? And what do you use as storage for the HDX?
  10. ryder

    ryder pfm Member

    That little bit of difference makes all the difference for me so the Hicap DR stayed with the 282 and 250DR in my system
  11. Indeed, a great system combo
  12. Whatsisnaim

    Whatsisnaim pfm Member

    I wouldn’t argue with that, and if you have the space, I would say get the Hicap. Still, the TC+ still allows a 282/250 to shine. I even took mine to my Naim dealer to do some comparisons there, and he was happy to concede that it sounded good.
  13. ryder

    ryder pfm Member

    Yes, I wouldn't argue with that too. Agreed. As mentioned earlier, the differences are not night and day. Hence, the Dual Teddycap in my system still sounds good. Small differences when I swapped between DTC and HIcap DR. I cannot recall how many times I've made the comparison as I still have both PSUs with me. I've lived with the DTC for 8 years (I still have it with me albeit unused) and the Hicap DR for 2 years. My system sounded a little smoother with the DTC and (a little) livelier with the Hicap DR, and I preferred the liveliness of the latter.

    A note is my Dual Teddycap is not the latest version but the older model without any markings on the front panel.
  14. Werner Mayrhuber

    Werner Mayrhuber Well-Known Member

    About Ovator 400: first of all I wasn't sure if they would match my expectations, but in combination with all that naim stuff I think they do a great job. For me there is just music, no thoughts about hifi, digital, etc. For storage I use a QNAP TS112 with 500gb SSD.
    Next steps: preloved Naim power line for supporting the NAP300DR, Naim Hi-line 5 connecting Naim DA and Naim NAC282, Naim DC1 for Naim HDX and DAC.
    Anyone´s hearing the difference between the naim cables and others yet? Good solution for may system?
    Hook and kensalriser like this.
  15. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Add up the cost of those cables & you could upgrade to 2nd hand 252 for about the same investment. I tried the highline & couldn't tell any difference.
  16. Werner Mayrhuber

    Werner Mayrhuber Well-Known Member

    Thanks woodface, of course I'm looking for a second hand one, let me say about 250,- pounds, maybe that's worth to try. But anyway-the system sounds already very nice.
  17. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    They seem to go for more than that 2nd hand. When I tried one from my dealer, I loaned it for a week, it was about £500 & I believe they are more than this now?

    At the time I was contemplating getting a new telly, I decided that would be the better value option.

    What attracted me to Naim in the first place was the lack of foo cables, this changed when the money men moved in.
    joe9407 likes this.
  18. northpole

    northpole pfm Member

    Hi-line interconnect is a major improvement over standard cables sound-wise but they are delicate and subject to incurring damage rather easily to the plastic rings which form part of the connector assembly. I would want to see and hear one installed before buying second hand. Unlikely to find decent condition ones for less than £300 - £350.

    Rack Kit likes this.
  19. Werner Mayrhuber

    Werner Mayrhuber Well-Known Member

    Thanks Peter for your opinion. Searching´s going on...I will post if I have new experiences.
  20. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member big is the benefit of using the DAC as well as the HDX?

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