List of possible upgrades, Plenty of time. But want to start the thought process.
I moved house recently and my main 2 systems are currently...
PC, AVI ADM9T and BK XXLS400 sub. also using a Beresford 7520 DAC for the physical volume (sounds exactly the same).
Living room listening area. Arcam A80 amp and Dali Ikon 6. Squeezebox and Beresford DAC / Arcam CD7SE
To be honest I am enjoying "listening" to the second system far more these days, and I love the Dalis. And in the place they are, the Arcam amp is doing a fine job. I don't need more.
I am however thinking of upgrading this system, or at least the speakers. Listening at night, low volume, they are sublime. But turn it up and some of my more bassy music makes the Dalis struggle.
So. What to do...?
Priority...I don't really want stands, so other than wildly out of my range and Dynaudio Xeo, there is no active option.
I have no problem with passives. Value is not as good, but as I like my amp, then good passives would be fine. They will never be used at reference levels of volume...
I am considering the higher end Dalis (I love the sound), but also the Magnepan MG 12 or even 1.7. Would my amp suffice? Would I need a sub?
I reckon my max budget will be what I can sell my motorbike for in Spring, minus a grand... So at least £2000.
No big ugly subs (although I would consider something like the excellent Minivee)
As I said, no rush, it is only for investigative purposes for now...