Nice to see someone's using a Naim with ATC speakers. This is a combination you don't often see on forums, given ATC's mythic need for power and Naim amps' famous lack of triple-figure wattage.
Yes, but Naim baaa waatts baaa are baaa special baaa! My listening room is small, and has some acoustic"issues" but the bass from the ATC SCM7s is as clean and tight as any I've had. That said, I'm sure a NAP200, supported by a flotilla of auxilliary power supplies would do an even better job of extracting the last ounce of sonic excellence from "mybabies".
As for my upgrade plans, well... I'll try to be good
. But I should confess that I simplified them in my original post. Although I'm fairly confident I'll stick at the NAP200 level on the "brawn" side, I am tempted to go as far as the NAC282 for "brains". I am reliably informed by fellow audiophiles on the Naim forum that this would be a quantum leap, night and day, step-change in performancecompared withthe NAC202, and that several veils would be lifted from the music as a result. And then,even if I get my boxes sorted, there is a whole world of foo (both Naim and non-Naim) to throw money at at. Hmmm, maybe kicking this hi-fi habit will not be as easy as I thought
I haven't read the whole thread but I wonder if you've ever considered the Harbeth mini-monitors? I've yet to hear them myself, but Harbeths crop up so infrequently on the secondhand market they must be very hard to part with. Could they be the ultimate handsome small speaker?