Yes it’s pricey (and it requires a SuperCap to function at all) but the NAC 252 can open recordings up in a spectacular way. You are certainly paying for resolution, scale, refinement, all the ‘high end” things but the best part is the how it can convey interplays. During a memorable demonstration playing some live Peter Gabriel recordings, it was the sense of two singers interacting that set off the goose bumps magic. You simply knew that they were smiling at one another!
High end audio can manage to tick off all the boxes yet remain resolutely dull. Thankfully the Naim pace rhythm and timing priority allows for music to remain uplifting and fun.