Linn, Kef, Rega...........and a friend.
Well, I spent the day doing what I love to do (sad git that I am) ie. pottering around one of my local dealers, listening to good music on a variety of different stuff, while drinking coffee and scoffing buns........and more importantly, spending somone else's money.
My brief (on his behalf) was to put together a quality streaming system, that could act as media hub with a good variety of digital socketry including HDMI, and a pre-out for a sub......and all operated by iThingys / PDAs etc.
After several hours of intensive and exhausting research , I came up with a Linn DSM (Sneaky or Majik).
The speakers would be from Kef (LS50 / R300 / R500), Rega (RS5) and Linn (Majik 109).
We arrived shortly after 10am, where we immediately set about getting our priorities right.......and sorted cappuccino and cake. The following "sugar high" and "caffeine fix", stimulated the brain cells enough to put together a playlist from the extensive catalogue on the dealer's NAS.
The Sneaky DSM has been held back a week or two, so we used the DS version instead; and for comparison as to what extra money would get you, the MDSM was also used.
We started with the Sneaky, and alternated it with the MDSM through each speaker....so we could hear what the better streamer/amp would bring to the equation........