I recently arranged an Arcam irDock for my father-in-law to allow him to connect his iPod to his existing system (Technics Separates - about 20 years old) which is paired with Castle speakers (Eden I think). Part of the reason for the Arcam dock was as a precursor to him upgrading his system to possibly an Arcam Solo Music system - this partnered with the dock would give him a much improved system with the integrated control of his iPod. However, there is also the possibility of replacing his system with the Solo Movie (probably the 2.1 but possibly the 5.1 if this gives enough benefits.)
The questions now are:
If he doesn't want to swap his speakers (he actually has two pairs of the Castle speakers almost identical), would these partner well with the Arcam Solo Music or any suspected problems - as these are pretty old, I don't expect anyone to have actually done this.
By specifying the Solo Movie 2.1 instead of the Solo Music - this could then replace his budget DVD player and provide not only music playback but also DVD playback and for the sound to be presented back through his speakers. However how does the music playback of the Solo Movie compare to that of the Solo Music?
Whilst moving up to the Solo Movie 5.1 would bring the obvious benefits of the surround sound capability (with the necessary speaker package upgrade). How would this compare with the Move 2.1 in terms of music playback and DVD playback?
Lastly, would he be better to just stick with the Solo Music and buy a Blu-Ray player such as the Sony BDP-S360 and if necessary route the basic stereo audio through the Solo Music if required? How does the DVD playback of the Solo Movie compare with that of something like the Sony BDP-S360?
Thanks in advance for any answers.