The weakest link: CA CD5+CA DAC Magic MKII Wharfedale 9.1?
I am a newbie to the wonderful Hi-Fi world. I have chosen a cost effective way to enter the Hi Fi world: buying second hand equipments because most of the populate second hand devices hold their value quite well in the market. So that I can keep buying and selling without cost me an arm and a leg.
I initially had a Cambridge Audio A5 + Cambridge Audio CD5 + Cambridge Audio DAC Magic MKII and a new pair of Wharfedale Diamond 9.1. But till recently, couldn’t resist the reputation of Roksan amplifier, I bought a 2nd hand Roksan Kandy KA-1. After linked it into the system and removed the CA A5, I noticed that it responses a lot faster, gives better 3D image, but not necessarily sounds a lot better the cheap CA A5. The sound stage doesn’t sound bigger either. Occasionally, when playing some complex music, it can have some not so enjoyable highs.
Other things that I have the systems:
The speaker cable: QED Silver Anniversary XT (Bi-wire) + IXOS banana plugs
RCA cable: Vandenhul The Name
Optical cable: IXOS XHD308
I understand that it is not a well balanced system. Especially the amp is not on the same level as the rest of the system. But which one is the weakest link in the systems at the moment? What is the best upgrade for the next step?
Please give some advices. Many thanks.