How does my 1998 Hi-fi compare to a modern micro system?
I have a Technics SL-HD51 mini system, which I use with some 1980's Solavox 60 speakers and are a great improvement over the ones it came with but have now died and need replacing.
As I'm playing more and more music directly from digital files, I'm trying to ascertain whether a modern system with USB input and streaming such as the Onkyo CR N755 or Marantz M CR603 would have a better sound quality or whether I should keep the Technics and use some sort of combination of Squeezebox / Sonos / NAS / DAC / Raspberry Pi / Laptop / Vortexbox / Android phone to play my digital files. I don't want to play them directly from my PC. If I don't buy a new CD Player/Amp, I would probably get better speakers to go with the Technics than I would be able to afford if I went for the Onkyo / Marantz option.
There is not that much in the way of info on the HD51 on the web. I believe it was released in 1998 and was quite a good mini system at the time, the MASH technology it uses seems to be highly regarded. I'm not sure how far things have progressed since then, but I had a demo of the What Hi-Fi award winning Denon M39DAB in Curry's as wasn't exactly blown away (though the testing situation was far from ideal), which is why I'm wondering if what I have already is just as good sound wise.
They still sell on ebay for £40-£100. Spec sheets can be download here:
Many thanks in advance for your help.