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#276825 - 2018-06-08 11:22 Re: DSP5200SE and 218 - Oh B*gger [Re: UrQuattroGus]
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This doesn't surprise me at all - had a couple of NAD designs in the past, culminating in a 319 which was a beast, but very warm/musical with huuuge bass authority (I believe it was based around the NAD THX power amps of the day). I still have it, in fact, but haven't used it for years as it needs a repair, one of the channels was showing a fault.

Well done for getting a system you're pleased with; happy listening!


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#277042 - 2018-06-12 16:18 Re: DSP5200SE and 218 - Oh B*gger [Re: 3dit0r]
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Thanks smile

Yes I'm really pleasantly surprised by how warm and musical, yet detailed and attacking it sounds, nicely judged and can drive pretty much any speaker with ease.

Now have the following speakers which i will be testing:

Wilson Benesch Square One (Good for close wall placement and with a 7" bass driver and rear abr driver)

Neat Momentum SX3i (might just get away with these, will see, had the 3i before and loved them, isobaric so surprisingly mightly)

Totem Model 1 signature, the 2017 version. Might be good but worried they may have a harsh top end, thats what i found with the Totem Forrest I listened to once
before. Metal dome tweeter etc...

All of these are less than 38.5CM high and not too deep.

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#277046 - 2018-06-12 17:12 Re: DSP5200SE and 218 - Oh B*gger [Re: 3dit0r]
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Originally Posted By 3dit0r
huuuge bass authority
Contrast with tweeter "delicacy", or am I reading too much into this? Time for a cold shower.

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#277079 - 2018-06-13 08:59 Re: DSP5200SE and 218 - Oh B*gger [Re: Springlike]
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It has delicacy in spades this one, and detail.

It's no blunt instrument.

There are some Stereophile and Sound on Sound reviews, it makes the Stereophile recommended list.

The downside is that when you want to try speakers the hi-fi dealer on the phone asks what amp you have and you can hear his voice sink as he thinks it's going to be a budget amp ala NAD 3020

One said that the totem Element ember might be a difficult load for my amp, with 300wpc into 8 ohms then???

That's the only downside for now, it was easier to get them to play ball when I said Naim 250DR and 282 Hi cap etc. etc. as used to be the case.

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