I've been really interested in the thread 'Supposing you were to start again [with £5000]'. My situation is different in two ways. I plan to spend up to £10K, and I'm not sure how to proceed -- beyond the obvious advice to demo the kit thoroughly and find a system that gels.
I want to replace my very old and drab main system over the next 3 to 4 years, one piece at a time. (My reasons for upgrading one piece at a time have to do with domestic harmony.)
I have two questions about how I should proceed.
1. I assume I should replace the kit in this order: 1st source, 2nd amp, 3rd speakers. So I'd replace the source now, the amp a year or two later, and the speakers a year or two after that. One reason for upgrading in this order is that when I finally come to replace the speakers, I'll be able to give them a realistic demo at home on the end of the 'final' system. The question is: are there any strong reasons for proceeding in a different order, e.g. speakers first?
2. Given that I'm going to be auditioning one part of the new system (whether it's the source, amp or speakers) before the others, what kit should I audition the first part with? My first thought was that it'd make most sense to audition at home in my study (see details of my study system in the signature below) on the grounds that I'm familiar with this sound and like it. On the other hand, I plan to spend about 3 times as much on the new system. So would it make more sense to demo the source chez the dealers, using their kit in the price range I'm aiming for?
All opinions/criticisms welcome.