Actually it was the 8550 which I demoed as the seperates were out on loan. It was convincing enough to tell me there was no looking back and it was time to retire my Naim 552/500 system after +15 years and move on to new pastures.
As I believe you are also a former Naim owner you are well aware of being on the upgrade merry go round. I could have happily lived with the 8550 however, having been conditioned by a constant +20 year cycle of Naim upgrades, I knew it would just be a matter of time before my mind started wandering past the integrated and onto the separates. I simply made the decision to go for it now knowing this would most likely be my final resting place.
I use the integrated 8550 MKII and it’s amazing. The separates have a little more of something but also the 8550 have a little more, power and simplicity of using, since i came from the separates to the integrated i see so many advantages that for me makes no sense the separates. But as always its a matter of taste and what we prioritize.
I prefer to save the money and invest in better cables that will make sound better than the separates with less good cables quality. I’m testing a cables up-grade and soon i will bring my experience to all of you.
2 weeks ago I went to pick my Valhalla 2 speaker cables and wen I get home they sound worse than my TYR2, my dealer told me they need more time in the Vidar.
Wen I was there to deliver the cables he told me to bring the Odin Gold speaker cables to test, well, I was just blown away, absolutely amazed with the exults, never thought only one cable could do such a difference.
I was planing to up-grade the dac for the Vivaldi and next the speakers to the V version but this up-grade give better SQ than those 2 together, for real.
The result was so good I wanted to see with the Odin 2 connected, another gain but not as high as the speaker cable.
This Friday I’ll go pick the Odin Gold XLR to see the result of both and now I have a problem because it’s a lot of money but there’s no turning back, I just can’t go to ear again without this speaker cable.