The older D200/400/800 are great value used and not so far behind.
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We are a Naim dealer and the equipment does have some wonderful qualities.
We took on the T+A gear out of Germany and their gear is absolutely amazing, they make a very powerful integrated 300 watts into 8 ohms 500 watts into 4 ohms.
Sound quality is neutral with a bit of warmth, great dynamics, warm punchy bass, superior resolution to the Naim gear.
Their $19k integrated amplifier was compared to a $120k worth of CH Precision gear and the reviewer was having difficulty telling the two apart. Absolutely world class stuff, stunning looking, fantastic build quality.
We are the Northeast dealer, so if you are in our neck of the woods we would welcome you to hear them.
We would also recommend you check out the new Paradigm Persona line, similar treble to the Focals, with a Beryllium midrange so the speakers are very transparent and coherent.
They make models starting at $10k for the floor standers to $35k for the flagship with self amplified bass with built in room correction.
In that uber speaker league just starting to get some press. Last issue of the Absolute Sound loved them!
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Yes guilty as charged. If you guys actually hear these products you might understand why we are so high on them.
Audio should not be just about following the trends of established brands but be a pursuit on what products that may be able to deliver superior results and in this case challenge the status quo brands yet cost way less.
Do you know of any company offering a pure Beryllium tweeter and a midrange in speakers which start at $7k a pair? Most speakers with those kinds of exotic drivers start at $18-25k a pair such as the YG Carmels and Magico S1.
I am not taking about sound quality just engineering technology and build quality.
As per T+A absolutely amazing gear, when was the last time you heard a reviewer comparing a $19K amp to a $120k worth of super exotic Swiss gear and barely being able to tell the difference?
That is why we keep on posting to build awareness of these two stellar product lines.
I know a particular poster who constantly raves over Vandys and Ayre and he is all over the forums, I never hear a peep about that guy in such a negative way.
And if you think this is benefiting us it isn't we have sold zero products based on these posts.
We are on the East coast and if you are intrigued give us a call, if not find your local dealer and see for yourself, you may actually be pleasantly surprised in what these brands offer.
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I've heard Salon2 paired with Mark Levinson - current but not sure which model, and McIntosh MC601 amplifiers and to my ears the McIntosh combo sounded much more dynamic with much bigger soundstage. Everything else was constant during this demo. In general, there are usually too many variables to make a fair comparison so for someone who seems to keep their gear for a long time, and given the size of the investment, its best to audition extensively before the purchase.
Thanks for the input. Would you opine on the positive and the negative of the Naim gear? The new 300DR sounds pretty good to me. Does it have enough guts to push most hard to drive speakers? Is the NC 272 streaming pre-amp a better choice for the money if upgraded with a separate power supply or would a 282 with a separate streamer be a noticeable sonic improvement?