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Anyone pairing a DAC with a NAIM integeated?

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Thread Starter 

Anyone here using NAIM amplification? XS? XS2? 5i? SN1? SN2?

 

If so, what DAC are you pairing with it?

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Paired Nait 5i with Benchmark DAC1.

The DAC1 wasn't quite up to what the Nait can do. Sound was a little sleepy. Still, there was some synergy there -- and at a very low cost. 

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XS2 + aging modded Eastern Electric Minimax. Have bought and sold Ciunas and Yulong DA8. I could have lived with either but in the end decided to keep the Minimax.

 

I'm still searching for a worthy replacement. Trying to put more meat on the bones for classical music.

 

Will try and borrow Naim DAC V1 and Hegel HD25. These two are way over what I want to spend on a DAC so they would have to deliver big time.

 

After reading a few positive reviews I'm considering the Arcam irDAC as an inexpensive non ESS alternative. But its wall wart power supply leaves me skeptical.

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I have Naim SN1 and I just use the onboard DAC, sounds very good to me, better than the DAC on my Pioneer Elite player.

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I too think the DAC V1 is too rich for my blood.

 

Would love to find a DAC that pairs well with an XS2 or SN2 for under $1K:

 

Meridian Director

Schiit Gungnir USB Gen2

ARCAM irDAC

???

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