Like many, I made a lot of hifi changes during the doldrums of the pandemic. That may be an understatement...everything changed.
Previously, I had a small Naim system (Atom + Core) paired with Rega RX3 speakers. When I first put that system together, it was perfect for my lifestyle. Fun and punchy, it was like a jolt of coffee whenever I could squeeze in 20 minutes of listening before or after putting in a long day and, more often than I care to remember, a long night at the office. Then came a new job and a new pandemic...while that was a great system for short bursts of listening, it didn't satisfy me for long sessions.
This current system is..."Somethin' Else." The dac is old-school R2R implemented with modern tech. The amp is a hybrid tube/SS affair that conservatively puts 30w into 8 ohms in pure Class A mode. Tying it all together, the speakers have a friendly impedance curve, which lets the amp show its stuff without strain. I feel all the rhythm and pace and then some of the Naim stuff, but now I can also soak in the organic and fleshed-out tone, harmonics, and inflections of music.
Thought I'd describe this system since, as I was putting it together, there were little to no user accounts of the gear. The amp and dac specifically. Any questions, let me know.