Forget any preconceptions about Naim’s NAP 500 DR being a muscle amp. Sure enough when you first plug in a new one it can seem a bit of a thug. It might even be less than optimal with some (themselves less than optimal?) loudspeakers but in the right context it settles down into being a subtle, agile and colourful performer that just happens to have some dramatic slam available.
And that 2015 DR upgrade was a ‘biggie’.
The NAP300 DR upgrade was dramatic, it took it far closer to the original NAP 500 than we expected. Yet, compared to the 300 DR, the new 500 still offers an even more expressive and beguiling midband, faster, cleaner more resolved bass and better resolved treble. These qualities conspire to make the NAP 500 DR even more natural and realistic than the (admittedly much cheaper) NAP 300 DR.