GIGO - Garbage In, Garbage Out!
My theory has changed quite a bit since I started out on hi-fi. Now my priorities are spending the maximum amount of my budget on speakers and an amplifier say 65% with 20% on a cdp or dac (or even less if you are going for a classic used cdp such as the cd63KI) and the remaining 5% on cables. If the source is analogue though then I will spend equal on speaker amp and tt.
Denon DNP-720AE network streamer, Mordaunt Short Mezzo 6, Cayin A-55 T, Technics-SLQ210, Denon DP-29F turntable, 540p, Dac-magic, Marantz 5004CD and 6025 Turntable, Mac ,Pure AV interconnects, QED Revelation speaker cables, QED Performance interconnects.
Akg K702, Grado SR60i, UE Triple-fi, Musical Fidelity X-cans, HRT Music Streamer 2+
If the source is analogue though then I will spend equal on speaker amp and tt.
I agree, possibly spending more on the TT....and a TT even has its own hierarchy going on. Back in the day, you often spent half your budget on it, and then split the other 50% equally between amp and speakers.
IMO. The percentage amount for a source went down for CD, and has dropped quite a lot further, with the introduction of Streamers.
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