One never knows until one has heard a given component in one's listening room paired with intended ancillary components.
To arafiq and Alvin 1118,
Thank you for the information. It is good to know there is a Kinki Studio audio dealer.in the USA. It might made a decision a bit easier
However,member "PS" has some words of wisdom regarding buying before listening I have done this once or twice, and luckily never got burned
@sunnyjim Completely agree with the ’listen before you buy’ mantra. Although, it is getting very difficult, if not impossible, in today’s environment.
Either way, I was offering my experience having compared Naim and Kinki in my own system. IMO, Kinki sounds better and offers better value than Naim 5si and Supernait 3. Of course, it is not the only game in town. If you can audition in your own system before you buy, there’s nothing like it.
I really appreciated comments especially in regards to these two particular brands. I always thought that the accolades for the Naim 5s and then the 5i seemed a bit over the top, especially since their power rating was only 60 RMS
I learned over the last 50 years I have been involved in audio, that finesse is great, but power and high damping factor can produce better sound even with higher efficiency speakers