You could get a Marantz Pearl Lite while you still can for about £600. Your 6002 only lasted 5 years? Thats pretty poor cosidering 20 year old Marantz 63SEs are still going.
I would change the speakers next.
If looking at amps consider the Creek 50A which I thought was the best out of many around £500-£1000 amps.
Less than five years i think. Died just days after my Onkyo mini unit cd player bit thedust as well. The Marantz went mid track on a pet shop boys album!! The boss (a.k.a. wife) doesnt want me to spalsh out large amounts of money at one go so the plan is 6 months interest free credit then replace amp then replace speakers or do people think that should be the other way around. I like the sounds that the B&w 685's produce and my speakers are only 2 metres apart and both are close to walls so need some that arent too fussy about positioning. Have found a place closer to home to try the audiolab and CD17 amp. A likely maximum is around £800 for the speakers and the same for the amp. Which at this level shound i listen to? I listen to all genres of music including classical. I like a good dollop of bass and want music to be entertaining rather than clinical.
Naim Nait 5si Amp
Kudos X2 speakers
The OPPO 105 has a DAC.
I would endorse this suggestion as although £200 over the op's budget is very versatile and great quality. Just to avoid confusion, all CD players have a DAC, but I imagine you mean it can be used as a DAC with other sources, and as a streaming device.
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I am not sure the Audiolab will work particularly well with your current kit. The Marantz 6005 may be a better bet, and I can certainly recommend the Pearl Lite, which I own, and offers SACD playback and digital inputs. I think the Arcam mentioned could work well too. On the other hand, if you are upgrading the amp and speakers soon, the Audiolab might be well suited to whatever you are going to move to. I like the idea too of spending that little more for a volume control eqipped player like the 8200 CDQ, or the OPPO, as this would offer the neat solution of connecting direct to a power amp or active speakers.
I dont own any SACD's and the only digital input will be from the AE. I do play my TV through the system but that is it. I like the sound of what i have now and want more of the same but a higher quality. Will be going to Coventry as soon as we have a wet weekend!! Plan is to update the CD player first then the amp and then the speakers unless people think the speakers should come before the Amp.
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