I have been in to Hi-Fi for over 15 years, but have never owned what I would class as a fantastic set-up. the addition of a family along the way has not helped either. My current seup is one of convenience and consists of the following:
Yamaha DSP-A5 AV Amplifier (I believe at the time this provided decent mucis reproduction alongside one of the best AV amps you could buy for the money)
Phillips CD624 CD Player (Again good for it's time)
NAD 402 Stereo Tuner
Very cheap DVD player (inherited from my partner after my sony died a death)
Castle Surround sound setup (Pembroke Floor Standers Front, Richmond rears on Atacama Stands and a Castle centre speaker).
I have a number of questions regarding improving this system. I would like to keep the yamaha amplifier but I am thinking which of the following would provide the most sensible upgrade route:
1. Add an external DAC to my Phillips CD player. Any recommendations on DAC's?
2. Get rid of the Phillips CD and Cheap DVD player and purchase a newer combination CD/DVD player, This is more likely to be second hand rather than new. Any recommendations?
3. Add a dedicated music amplifier to the setup in addition to the Yamaha amp. New amp to take care of music reproduction through the existing Richmond speakers and the AV Amp to handle surround sound movies. How would I connect these or in fact is it even possible? Again any recommendations for the second hand amplifier?
If I was to add a dedicated music amplifier would i be better to go for option 1 or option 2?
I hope the above makes some sort of sense to someone out there and any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.