What's the best way to get better sound?
I have a dilemma and would appreciate your advice…
Musical fidelity X-ray v3 CD player, X-DAC v3, X-10 v3, X-PRE v3 pre-amp and 2 x X-P200 power amps, QED silver anniversary speaker cable, Chord interconnects (Cobra 3 I think), ProAc Future 0.5 speakers
Pioneer PDP435XDE TV, Pioneer DV-868 Avi DVD player, SKY+ HD, Pioneer VSX-2014i AV receiver, ProAC Future 0.5 left and right speakers, ProAC centre speaker, REL Stampede sub and 4 x Monitor Audio radius 45 surround speakers.
I would like to add DAB, Blueray, iPod, PC feed, plus have the option of a projector in future. I would also like to improve the sound quality of both stereo and AV playback. I am considering auditioning an Arcam AVR600 and maybe upgrading my MA radius 45s for ProAC response satellites. I’m not sure which blueray players to look at.
The problem is this would all cost £4,000+ and I’m not sure that’s the best way to improve sound.
I think my room really doesn’t help. Its open plan with a hard wooden floor and a bit echoey. Is there something I should do to improve the acoustics first, maybe acoustic ceiling tiles or something on the wall behind the sofa? What about mains conditioning – although I must confess I’ve never really been convinced by this.
What do you think?
Is it worth arranging an audition for the AVR600? Would the ProAc speaker upgrade make any real difference? Or can performance REALLY be improved by better wires?