What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021: First Winners Announced 4th October!
Just in case anyone doubted the power of a WHF review, you showed 'em Pokey.Damn I really like BluOS as well as the design of the NAD M10, so I hoped this would be a great upgrade path for my Bluesound Powernode 2i. With mediocre build and sound, I guess I'll have to wait for the next generation before upgrading.
Hmm I'll probably give it a try anyway as there aren't really any other options out there that tick all my boxes. The Naim doesn't seem powerful enough to drive my B&W 805 D3, and most other similar products aren't great streamers (I really want to keep everything in one box after all). I'll just look for a dealer with a good returns policy.
I really don't want a stack of boxes, even a single large ugly one isn't what I'm looking for. I also enjoy the streaming options BluOS offers, that's why the NAD M10 would be a neat option. I can probably wait for the next generation of amps though if there's no perfect option out there right now.Why not try the Nova if you're running speakers of that standard?
Pairing a £2k all in one box with a £4.5k pair of speakers is a bit of a mismatch.
My Atom runs a pair of PMC Twenty 21s without breaking sweat but I can imagine the B&Ws need more oomph to get the best out of them.
I get that, but I don't need a lot of power – B&W recommends 50 – 120W per channel. I just want decent sound from a box that kinda looks like the NAD M10 or the Naim Uniti Atom (even if it's a little bit bigger) and I don't think that's too much to ask for. I mean, judging from the What Hi-Fi? review of the NAD M10, it's almost there, so a next generation version might just be what I'm looking for.The Nova isn't massive and hasn't exactly fallen out of the ugly tree but I know what you mean about lots of boxes. I ditched my mono-blocked MF set-up for the same reason.
That said, I don't think you're ever going to find anything in a dinky box that'll drive your B&Ws properly. More amplification means bigger power supplies and more heat dissipation.
Perhaps you might to chop the B&Ws in and go down the active route instead?
With respect, I think you might be waiting a while. I don't think you're ever going to get a source and amp worthy of your B&Ws in a single £2k box.I get that, but I don't need a lot of power – B&W recommends 50 – 120W per channel. I just want decent sound from a box that kinda looks like the NAD M10 or the Naim Uniti Atom (even if it's a little bit bigger) and I don't think that's too much to ask for. I mean, judging from the What Hi-Fi? review of the NAD M10, it's almost there, so a next generation version might just be what I'm looking for.
Fair enough, I guess listening to the Nova and the NAD M10 would be a good idea. Afaik, the reason why the Naim amp is so much bigger is because they use a class A/B amp instead of a class D one, which are smaller and more efficient. I do know that a lot of people don't like class D amplification, but I have yet to try enough amps myself to have an educated opinion on this topic.The Nova does do it all but its in a bigger box because it needs to be - it has to provide sufficient space for its components. Even then it's only rated for 70 watts per channel (I think).