Not sure it matters too much where your volume control is as ong as yu get enough control to get the volume you want. I wonder if the Super Nait is optimized for the voltage of the Naim CD players.
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I don't know the equipment but your new amp may have a lot lower actual distortion level than the Marantz....so you are hearing the benifits...soundstage and perceived power gain. it's probably a combination of higher output and the lower THD.
Thanks Wave Trader - Can u elaborate more on this DISTORATION LEVEL? Do u mean marantz PM15S1 is distorted?
The NAIM has a lot of gain so a typical digital source proabably can drive it to full volume pretty fast. With all the preamps I have owned (CAT, ARC, Joule, Lamm, Dodd) I could not turn any of them past 10:00 on the dial - gain + sensitive amps. Only with a passive could I turn to 12-1:00 - I don't think this is of any concern as lons as you have the ability to control the volume level to the way you like it. I can't imagine any reason the Naim would not be a good match for the Vandersteen. It should, on paper, be an excellent match. The homegenization of relative volume levels of the instruments is odd, nit sure why that would be happening - I think that is what you are describing.
My suggestion is not to buy it until you are sure. If there is ANYTHING about the unit that bothers you, it will really be grating in a short time. In truth, it does not matter where the volume control is, provided the sound is good. That being said, you must absolutely be comfortable with the sound before purhase
i think u hit the nail right on the spot BUT pity that we dun really have dealers like what u guys have there. Its imposisble to bring teh unit back and get all that home feel and normally, u have to make decisions based on what u hear trhere with their sources and CDP. the closest that i can manage is to get the same speakers at least to teh ones i have at home and use the same brand cdp ... thats all,,,,
and i found that (after 3 days) MARANTZ and NAIM are 2 very very different animal and to comapre which one is better is a little meaningless and to compare which one i like better is equally meaingless cos they both have their strengths and its up to teh listener to decide if they wld want which one to be in their living room with the vandys...
its a hard choice but i am gld to be living thru this experience...
I own the supernait, but I have not heard the MARANTZ DV4001. Agree with Pubul57, it also seems to me that the supernait has a lot gain especially used with other none-naim sources. Wattage or specs in general provide little information on actual performace. I am a fan of the Naim sound, audiophiles call it PRaT (pace, rythem, and timing). The supernait is versatile with built-in DAC and headphone, so you can connect your computer digital output directly into it and you can upgrade the amplifier with Naim's power-supply. I highly recommend that you try a Naim CD player with DIN connection to the supernait, your vandys would play music like you have not heard before. You can also try the Naim's NACA5 speaker cable on your vandys, could be rewarding.