How much difference is there, in truth?
Many of us have bought into the 'seperates are best' mantra and, at one time, I could say with some confidence that this is correct. However, is it still the case?
At the budget level there is competition from some very capable all-in-one units like the Denon RCD-M39DAB, Onkyo CR-N755, Marantz M-CR603, and the Denon CEOL range. Are these really so very far off the performance of budget seperates like the 6004 series, especially when used at acceptable domestic volume levels? Do the added features of some of these systems outweight any slight difference in sound, giving easy access to a wealth of music via DAB, internet radio, CD, Spotify and others?
Like-wise at a higher price level, is there really much advantage to buying seperates instead of a Naim Uniti, UnitiQute or a pair of AVI speakers (and yes, I know these are a quite different proposition)?
Maybe technology now enables us to enjoy the music more easily without a plethora of big 430mm boxes taking over the living space. What do you think?