Separates vs (Naim) all-in-ones: the big thread
I know there are plenty of threads here that touch on this topic but none seem wholly concerned with it. This one is. In my rather drawn out search for a top-quality sound system, one big dilemma I'm facing is between buying a few separate boxes (probably Rega Brio + Rega DAC + Rega RS1 speakers; or Naim + Neat) or going for an all-in-one. My question is, if I chose the latter, would I be compromising on quality? Would it be less than the sum of its parts? I am thinking specifically of the Naim UnitiQute, which is supposed to use an amp derived from the Naim 5i, plus a quality pre-amp and DC. Would the UnitiQute indeed be as good as buying these separately?
And surely all-in-ones represent the future, given that people will increasingly be streaming their music? Or do these single boxes stop you upgrading when digital technology improves?
Considered arguments here, please.