System: Marantz CD 5001 player, Marantz PM4001 amp, Mordanunt-Short Avant 902i speakers.
The above budget system was recommended in What HiFi? and I bought it in April 2007 after auditioning.
I listen mostly to classical music, from Vivaldi to Rachmaninov.
The budget system handles classical music reasonably well. However, I am not oblivious to some of its shortcomings.
For instance, when I tested Abbado's 1996 recording of Beethoven's Choral Symphony (no. 9) with the Berlin Philharmonic in the CD store, Bryn Terfel's bass entry in the finale was commanding, sending chills down my spine. At home with my system, Terfel's bass entry seems rather lacklustre. Also, some of the bass parts from the brass section, which I heard in the CD store was inaudible when I played it on my system at home. Turning up the bass tone on the amp does not help.
Any advice on improving my current system? Or any suggestions on a budget/midrange system which handles classical music well? Thanks.