High Fidelity Streaming
I recently changed some of the gear I listen to from a bantam class T amp supplying Kef Cresta 2 speakers to a Marantz PM6004 supplying some PMC DB1 speakers, to be honest I was surprised at the difference it made to the sound quality. The dynamics and bass of the system have improved particually.
As I was impressed with this change I decided to see what changes I could make to the source componants. I was listening to CD's on my BDP-s590 as a transport and that is sent to my Beresford Caiman Gator via a coax cable which is then fed into the Marantz. I changed this by buying a WD my book live and ripping my CD's to flac files and then streaming those through my Panasonic TV to the Beresford. That has resulted in a slight reduction is background noise and a bit more detail.
So far I've done most of this on the cheap with only the speakers costing more than a couple of hundred quid (I bought it all secondhand). I'm curious with the improvements made what would happen if I spent a reasonable amount. Would the sound be clearly a night and day difference if I spent somewhere between £1500 - £2000. I spoke to my local hifi shop who were surprised to hear that I used the TV for streaming and they seemed convinced that would hurt the sound quality.
So I've been investigating a few options. I'm happy the speakers are good so considering either a Naim unitilite, the musical fidelity clic and power amp, the linn sneaky dsm and the cambridge streamer with 851a amp. All of these options weigh in at a similar amount of money. Do you think this would give me appreciable better sound quality. Am I looking at spending far more than any gain will be worth here.
Also what is the best way to buy this. As far as auditioning this stuff is concerned my local shop only stocks Naim and Cyrus, the linn stockist is fairly close and richer sounds is 40-50 miles away. There is nobody close that does the musical fidelity stuff. I could buy the linn sneaky ds secondhand for 30% less than list. The naim seems impossible to buy discounted and the musical fidelity combo can be had with £600 off but the dealer is in hull which is hours and hours away.
So if you were in my position what would you do and why?