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To DR or not to DR (Supercap)

Discussion in 'audio' started by tonyx, Oct 24, 2021.

  1. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner


    Close!!

    A 252/SCdr swopped for a 72 with remote control RSL cards and local regs
    The 72 just makes your feet tap and you sing along to the music
    The 252 was sterile...not even as nice as an 82 / hicap

    Don't get me wrong...the 252 is not a bad preamp....it's more about a balanced system...mine was not balanced...even though it ran to 10's of thousands £
    A happy system is a balanced one...it's that simple
    It's been about 2 years now...and still no desire to change anything! ( But maybe keep improving on what I already own :))
     
  2. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Similar on my side : 32.5 with NJ after market boards (or even better a 72 !) with a pimped HICAP with Avondale TPR4 or something similar is more music and punch while the newest and larger Naim pre are more hi-fi and accuracy but not as lively.
     
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  3. tonyx

    tonyx pfm Member

    Interesting. What sources are feeding your pre amps?
     
  4. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Marantz CD 6006 used as a transport and a highly modified Chinese DAC based on the AK 449x chip.
     
  5. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    Vinyl is Rega p8 / aria
    Digital is naim core/nds/555ps

    Then into 72 with super regs/ Avondale 300 monos / kudos S20A
     
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  6. MJS

    MJS Technical Tinkerer

    Yeah, you'd think I would remember that given that I named the company. Bloody spell checkers.
     
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  7. bruss

    bruss pfm Member

    Just on the DR. Do it. I had a 252 and SC. An SC DR came up at a good price. I now have a sublimely better sound from the 252/SC DR (originally into a 250 nonDR, now into a 300 DR).
     
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  8. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    It really should be much better though, investment of circa £4K on top of £20k plus of amplification (rough current RRPs).

    It’s a bit of a nonsense when you think about it.
     
  9. bruss

    bruss pfm Member

    Not sure what you mean about nonsense. It costs more to get a better sound. Whether its worth the extra is in the eye, or ear, of the beholder.
     
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  10. Bob Edwards

    Bob Edwards pfm Member

    Really?
     
  11. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Yes, sorry, my point is that it shouldn’t be required for such elevated equipment. This is coming from an ex 252/sc owner. I personally made a decision that it wasn’t worth it & went down a different path so would suggest alternatives are looked at.
     
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  12. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart Avoiding Stress, at Every Opportunity

    Or listened to

    ;)
     
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  13. bruss

    bruss pfm Member

    Its a a can of worms, or a rabbit hole. You pays yer money and makes yer choices.
     
  14. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    +1 for the Newt regulators.

    I got Witch Hat to fit two bolt down SNAPS with Newt regulators each providing two outputs to a modified bolt down NAC32 and a NAXO. This is the front end to 3 NAP250s driving Isobariks.

    While I am not able comment directly on the improvement in sound as at the same time the whole system was serviced. The 44 year old system after servicing and modifcation sounds great.
     

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