Merrill Audio Element 118 GaN mono blocks $36,000/pr.
Magnepan 20.7 speakers $14,450/pr. Grand Total with tax = $53,981.50
Per the well known and time honored tradition of rewarding hippos that consume relatives that have you included in their wills, I'd convert all left over cash into steaks as a thank you for having my aunt and uncle over to their home for a meal. Tim
So a cheque for £40k arrives, not from an incident with some hippos but just the result of old age and a heart attack, my mortgage has a year or two to run and I'm only paying 1.1% interest on it anyway so might as well ignore that. My system at the time was all Naim except the turntable so what this Naimie does is replace the 282 preamp with a new 552, that takes care of half of it, it also frees up the supercap to power the superline phonostage. That leaves me with a 250 power amp with sources of a Rock mk2 with a Naim Aro arm carrying a Tranfiguration Proteus and a Naim CDX2 with a 555ps power supply. Round about this time Naim launches their recent Uniti products, Atom etc, it doesn't take much prescience to realise a revamp of their streamers is on the way so I decide to wait for whatever replaces the NDS (which showed promise but didn't entirely convince) as I already have the necessary power supply and I bought a Core to rip my CD
and a cheap Rega DAC to use it with
in the meantime. Now that leaves me with a chunk of money in the bank and I make the assumption that the new NDS will cost around half of what's left or less so when an Artemis SA-1 turntable catches my eye in a not too distant dealer i go and investigate, it turns out that it belonged to Frank Schroeder who used it at shows and it comes with the offer of jumping the queue for one of his Reference tonearms, the temptation is too much so that is £9k gone but I still think I have enough for the streamer when it comes. Time passes and the new streamers are announced but instead of replacing the NDS Naim come out with the ND555 which is £13000 at launch but at least my existing ps will power it it so I find the extra and order one of those too. Not strictly to brief but it has the excuse of more or less happening like that. The exception is that it was actually 2 lots of ~£40k a couple of years apart, this first (which was from an aunt) bought me an Indian Roadmaster to suppliment my 1981 Moto Guzzi and my wife insisted on a new kitchen but the second lot and some additional funds were spent roughly as described with the addition of a used 500 power amp which went off to Naim for a service and updating to the latest spec, I've now run out of aunts and parents. I have absolutely no regrets of any of this but my father's last year was difficult to endure, you can grieve while someone is still alive as you watch them slip away and it's all the more paimful. I expect this is no use to the Op as Naim prices in the States are a tad higher so his £56K won't go quite as far and I somehow doubt Naim is his thing anyway. The ND555 is a peach by the way but would set you back $30k with the power supply last time I looked.
At least they were doing what they loved when they became soup. If I had to buy something audio related then I would probably by a better source then what I have now. Maybe a cable to go along. But after a certain point I am not one who thinks more money buys more, just different. So not to tempted to send my favorite (reads with most money with me in their will)Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Virgil on a surfin and turfin (beach boys related)safari.
Thanks for the thoughtful insights on your EXP, and the avenues you pursued.
this is exactly what I felt to bring to light if or when extraordinary circumstances prevail, for what ever reason.
what is the focus then. just a more grandios onslaught yet in the same vein your philosophies have always been intwined?? or bust a dissimlar move?
obviously, the foils I protrayed here which were callously and sumarrily gobbled up were pure fiction and nothing more than a devise introduced to substantiate some possible ‘windfall’ and a subsequent opportunity for self engratiating behavior…
sorry about your notes on the poor family news visited upon you. its never easy, and I suppose its not meant to be so either. .
been there and done that myself.
never had an Indian. had a harley back in the day, and borrowed a friends Moto guzzi now and then when I had a Honda 750 that was being retooled by Yoshimura Racing. an inability to ride remains a strong regret.
Nagra, not Naim does indeed have my attention, yet the named funds won't quite reach their most recent product line completely.
thanks so very much.
at $50 per Sq. Ft. that comes out to a tad over 20K. 416 SQFT.
of course there are other fees though I felt a decent sized dedicated room a viable option given $50K plus just kicked in your door, and one well worth carefully thinking about, and for a while.
I can see where you are coming from but there was nothing else to do at the time.