You can always try to push for a deal with them, they want your custom after all. I prefer to deal with my local AudioT and have bought a lot of gear from them and have never been refused some kind of deal. It's also easier to talk to the purchasing dealer if problems arise.I don’t buy from them after they’ve helped me with the demos
Forget snap crackle and pop and buy a good SACD player.I’d maybe spend any future money on the turntable
An interesting thread. I’ve recently bought a pair of KEF R5’s ‘blind’ as couldn’t resist the deal. Currently I’m running them via a creek evolution 2 and Creek 8 mk2 Pre amp and I’ve been surprised at how well the creek combo has driven the KEF’s, particularly considering their £700 and £120 rrp. I have however got the upgrade bug and one of the amps on my radar was the naim xs3 but notice there isn’t much love for it as a match for the KEF’s. Whats the main issue with this pairing?Agree, KEF and Naim are not a good match, what is your room size Mike?
Bass response and control. For some reason the Naim seems too slow for the KEFs, may be different on the XS3, I auditioned the XS2. The Elicit gives a bass note, it's quick enough for you to discern the start and end of a bass note on a bass guitar. With the XS2 those notes were lost one into the other. Same with drum strikes. There was little to choose between the mids but I also though strikes on a high hat were cleaner with the Elicit.Whats the main issue with this pairing?
The Ruby is a different beast from other Marantz amps as it is class D, there is nothing dull about it. My Harbeth's need a lot of watts to work well so the choice of class D was a no brainer. Have a listen with your R5's and see what you think.Thanks for your insight. I’ve got the elicit on my radar but yet to audition. How would you describe its overall presentation with the KEF R series? I’m also potentially thinking about a Marantz ki ruby although having had Marantz amps in the past I have found them a bit dull so have my reservations. I have tried an Arcam SA30 with my KEF’s but not convinced it’s the best pairing.
IMHO Naim amps seem better when driving smaller speakers where bass control may be less of an issue. Then I find they sound very good. But throw huge floor standers at them, then TBH my impression was the Naim amps I listened to a few years ago didnt really seem any better than my cheap yamaha AVR (but with a lot of added detail of course however I just couldn't get over the unsatisfying bass and expected a lot better really).You'll certainly get musicality with the XS2 and good voicing, that didn't disappoint with the Naim. It may suit the Neats better than it does KEF as they don't dig as deep. Can you get them on home demo first as that would be the best way to tell.