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Old 06-02-17, 10:15 AM
schneller schneller is offline
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How about buying some Schiit?

Schiit Yggdrasil DAC
Schiit Freya Pre
Bryston Power: 2x 2.5B3 or 1x 4B3 or wait for Schiit Vidar
All the above connected via balanced XLR
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Old 06-02-17, 10:17 AM
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I also went from Naim to EAR - thought for other reasons I'm planning to go back to solid state. My EAR890 is in the classifieds and still for sale (plug!!). With EAR you get a Naim like grip, with the realism of valves, but you don't get the warm and wooly valve sound some people love.
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Old 06-02-17, 11:23 AM
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I've owned both the ri-100 and the sia025. Both excellent boxes plus you benefit from simplifying your system so all those powerlines etc can be sold.
Have you stayed with Vitus or moved on ?
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Old 06-02-17, 11:30 AM
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Try the Kii THREE.
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Old 06-02-17, 11:42 AM
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I also went from Naim to EAR - thought for other reasons I'm planning to go back to solid state. My EAR890 is in the classifieds and still for sale (plug!!). With EAR you get a Naim like grip, with the realism of valves, but you don't get the warm and wooly valve sound some people love.
So I've still got the warm and woolly sound to experience, then. Just when you think it's all over..........
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Old 06-02-17, 11:47 AM
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As someone who has read (and perhaps even started...) many 'moving on from Naim' threads, I had a system broadly comparable to yours nine years ago.

I will quietly suggest that you might not know what you had until it's gone. I'd also suggest more specifically that the CDS3/555PS is an absolutely stonking source, and that's the bit I missed most of all.

Would also echo Disbeliever's point on the Supernait2. As a fit and forget solution it's a no brainer, especially if you need power.
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Old 06-02-17, 11:53 AM
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I'd try listening to a few different systems including one based around studio monitors. See if you can demo a valve based system and maybe something like the Kii Three's.
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Old 06-02-17, 11:56 AM
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If you have had it for 25 years why change?
I haven't changed my stuff since 1987, ok since the kids came I haven't had any spare money but I am happy with what I have.
If you take your old system lets say its worth 100 and spend another 80 will it be 80 better or just different?
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Old 06-02-17, 12:05 PM
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Have you stayed with Vitus or moved on ?
still have my sia-025 and have no plans to change for the foreseeable future
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Old 06-02-17, 12:13 PM
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If you have had it for 25 years why change?
I haven't changed my stuff since 1987, ok since the kids came I haven't had any spare money but I am happy with what I have.
If you take your old system lets say its worth 100 and spend another 80 will it be 80 better or just different?
Some people like changing things - wives, cars, houses, sexual orientation. Others not!

If you do just fancy different presentation, you could always switch speakers, get something supplement musical like Arcs.
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Old 06-02-17, 12:36 PM
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still have my sia-025 and have no plans to change for the foreseeable future
I'll deffo demo that when I'm ready to upgrade. Need to wait a year as the Mrs wants a kitchen first. Only thing I'd worry about is power rating, although reviews say to ignore it
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Old 06-02-17, 12:52 PM
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I was in a similar position this time last year, 20 years of Naim ownership- CDS3, 252, 300.
During the golden age of the WigWam I heard many fine systems, but none that ever made me question my continued Naim ownership, but there was always that nagging doubt that there must be something else.

Fast forward to now and the Naim is gone and replaced by a Devialet Expert 400. I was not bowled over by a 200 (previous version to the 220 you have heard), the magic only happened by doubling them up into mono block version. I think there is plenty of similarity between the Devialet and Naim house sound - YMMV.
My advice would therefore be to hear a 440 set up.
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Old 06-02-17, 01:28 PM
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My Naim peaked at CDS/52/250 and SBLs. Sold the lot to buy some wonderful guitars then sold those and started back on the Naim treadmill. Now using Teddy Pardo amps with NVA speakers. I changed simply because I found something I liked more than Naim (which I never thought would happen).

If you want to buy new then Teddy and NVA both offer sale or return so at least you get to try in your own home. The speakers need a bit of setting up (nothing new there) and they seem "odd" at first due to the upward firing bass driver. Once you get them in focus you are rewarded with music my Naims only hinted at. These are 2 superb manufacturers who offer some excellent value for money. They have also pretty much killed the upgrade bug.

Well worth considering.
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Old 06-02-17, 01:39 PM
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How about buying some Schiit?

Schiit Yggdrasil DAC
Schiit Freya Pre
Bryston Power: 2x 2.5B3 or 1x 4B3 or wait for Schiit Vidar
All the above connected via balanced XLR
I understand, on a deeply personal and emotional level, the "I have to get off naim" thing. I get it, it's like a phase, a right of passage, for some a new era in their lives.

That being said, there is never any reason to own a Bryston.
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Old 06-02-17, 02:09 PM
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That being said, there is never any reason to own a Bryston.
20 year guarantee.
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