Mini Hi-Fi or separates on a budget of £500?
I’m in the market for some new equipment. Looking to spend around £500 for complete package including CD player, amp, DAB or internet radio, some facility to play lossless files gaplessly and speakers.
The Marantz M CR603 seems to be the one to beat sound wise, but I’m wondering how it would compare to a separate amp/cd player combo such as:
Cambridge Audio AM5 + CD V4
Denon PMA 520 + DCD 520
Pioneer A10 + PD10
Denon PMA 720AE + DCD 720AE (pushing it budget wise)
I would need to add a streaming / digital solution to these which pushes the price up a fair bit, possibly a second hand netbook + cheapish DAC would be the best solution.
How would these sound in comparison with the MCR603 when playing though the same speakers (probably Dali Zensor 1’s, Q Acoustic 2020i’s or MA Bronze BX2’s). Worth the extra?