I have a budget and want the best I can get within it. Good advice though, thanks.If I didn't already have a Pi - and even if I had money to burn - I'd 'settle' for nothing more expensive than an ifi Audio Zen Stream into a decent DAC.....and decent does not necessarily mean expensive.
I am now looking to add the purpose-built DAC to the Griffon 300, it comes highly recommended.From a personal view even in 2022 streaming tech is moving so fast that even for the well-healed it really doesn't make a lot of sense to spend big in all honesty. I was looking at the 272 back in 2018 though a fantastic device i came to pretty much to the same conclusion.
Sound-wise as has always been the case with naim, it pretty much sounds the same as you move up the ladder but you get a little more sprinkled into the mix, this can be a double edge sword. If you're only making small jumps up the ladder it can feel underwhelming. Large jumps are met with really big gains with a familiar sound that you're used to.
The die-hard fans are like roadies (road cyclists) they like to have everything just so and like to have full naim stacks, fine if that's your thing.
Personally, you can get the same but more versatile sound far cheaper and in some cases better sounding. Streamer wise i'd certainly look to spend no more than a blue sound, heck a raspberry pie and spend more on a stand-alone DAC of your choosing that can sit in the system for decades to come. To echo the above i'd be looking to more forward-thinking companies such as PS audio or if you want to keep it British chord.
As technology progresses - then equipment becomes obsolete or unsupported, as said by others.I have a budget and want the best I can get within it. Good advice though, thanks.