NADs unreliability stories are based on their vintage gear. This is basically a totally new company. Lenbrook bought them decades ago and dramatically improved things.
Ahh, I did not know that! Thank you for that important clarification.
Don’t worry. One listen will get you unstuck fast.
I have a friend who is a big Simaudio dealer. Sells Naim and Exposure too, amongst so many others. What does he sell to His brand agnostic customers? What does he have at home? What does his extended family use? Yup. Exposure.
There is an Exposure 3010S integrated on Canuck Audio Mart right now for a more agreeable price than the Simaudio (assuming, of course, that I could get the seller to accept PayPal and ship to the US). Do you know how that one compares to the 2010S? It appears from a quick glance that the main difference is that the 2010S has a passive preamp whereas the 3010S has an active one.
I just noticed that you have the 3010S CD player in your signature