Seriously underwhelmed by amp upgrade.
OK, so it's really early days. I've ditched the trusty old Marantz PM 7000 in favour of the Roksan K2 amp. I now find myself rubbing my head wondering how on earth I can justify the expense considering the ever so slight improvement in sound quality.
I'm sure much of it is to do with source material and the fact the Roksan isn't run in. I received the Roksan this morning and it's been going since this afternoon but still I find myself somewhat deflated by the results. I've tried various cds ranging from Faith No More, Machinehead, Devin Townsend to quiter offerings from the like of Jeff Buckley, David Bowie and Cat Stevens. Rock or metal sounds muffled, congested and lacking definition. The most pleasing results are from the likes of Marillion's Fugazi and Script for a Jester's Tear albums (16/44.1 flac files) fed to the front usb port on my Pioneer N50. In fact I feel like I 'heard' Fugazi for the first time today after listening to it for 25 years!
I feel like I had a pretty decent set up before (sound wise to my ears) and now must rip it all up and start again. What bothers and confuses me is that there's little consistency here, file quality seems to make little difference, genre of music the same, it's just hit and miss.
The concept 20's are 2.5 metres apart, in corners but with 2 foot breathing space all around them, this positioning worked with Marantz amp. Do I need to consider speaker placement again because of the change of amp? Am I expecting too much too soon? All equipment is racked.
So for other novices like myself just a word of warning, don't feel that upgrade is always the best path, if you're happy with what you have, maybe it's wise to stick with it!