On a slightly different tack. I was in John Lewis yesterday passing through the AV dept and l spotted two NAIM Audio products on display. These were the MUSO and QUBE radio/streamer units. Strange for Naim to be on display in a dept store, as that runs against their traditional policy of professional demonstration facilities only. Right next to a Technics unit in a busy, noisy cluttered set of stands you would struggle to hear the individual units against the background hash unless you resort to turning up the wick to antisocial levels.......which is what the occasional punter does with a B&O unit sat next to the main isle!
After we had refreshed ourselves at the cafe, l did ask for a demo of the Naims, but the selection of music in the demo attachment was poor. The positioning of the units was also less than ideal. The young JL lady giving me the tour also commented that most people ignore the Naims because they have never heard of the brand. I agreed, suggesting that next to the more popular high street brands that would happen unless people knew the hi fi pedigree.
The shame is that such marketing will not show how much better the Naims are likely to be in an actual home environment. There was a similar situation in the local PC World / Comet store who once demo’d a Fatman Idock amp. This unit was broken and remained that way for a number of weeks, as the staff were too busy to look at their own stock!
A friend of mine uses the smaller two channel Fatman unit as his main amp with a record player (Systemdeck 900) and a CD player of unknown origin. His turntable feeds through a Project phono box, and the Fatman drives two old Kef floorstanders which have a highish sensitivity (89 or 90 dbm ?). The system works really well.
This kind of unit is the future for Hi Fi, no doubt. I quite like the ease of use these units provide & the fact you can just plug your hard drive/s into them. I also like the fact that I could wi fi/bluetooth to a speaker in my garage/kitchen etc.
I do similar with my TV & Bose sound bar using my film hard drive/s to get cinematic sound & also stick the odd pen drive in when I want to specifically listen to music downstairs, with my preferred choice of file format of course. Pretty much using the same wired technology but with individual parts instead of one single unit. It's also pretty similar to playing music from hard drive/s through my computer into my amp, which I don't mind either, depending on the file format.
The specific vinyl sound will always be turntable & stylus only & remain a prisoner in my Hi Fi/ Computer room, but hey, this is the modern world & digital signals are definitely the future for Hi Fi.