What to upgrade for warmth, separation and bass?
I may have £2k for an upgrade. I enjoy my system but I would like to improve some areas and am at a loss whether to replace the amp or speakers, or even buy a new DAC. I listen to classical, rock, jazz, female vocals etc. I split my listening 50/50 between CD and FM.(Radio 3, good roof ariel). ALthough both sources are MF they have different charateristics. CD is punchy and very detailed but rather clinical ( a bit like an over sharpened photo?). FM is more natural but maybe not punchy enough and a little vailed (tuner has a tube output stage and option for upsampled digital out from FM). A major limitation with both is lack of clarity when thinks get busy, instruments all merge into a mush during loud orchestral bits. Also I feel the speakers take away the warmth that should be provided by MF. Led Zepplin is not the same without more bass, but I'm looking for quality rather than quantity My thoughts are to upgrade either the amp (M6i or similar) or the speakers. In the (very) long term maybe both but neet greatest improvement in teh meantime. If going to speakers open to floor standers or stand mounts (I have good filed Foundation stands). Room is 4m x 3m, speakers 0.5m from rear and side walls, hevily furnished, carpet on wood suspended floor So: 1) bearing in mind existing kit would a £2k amp or speaker upgrade offer greatest improvemet? 2)any particualr suggestion for speaker shortlist? 2) would a good DAC improve on and unify CD and FM sound or just be a sideways change? Thanks for any comments