Hi-Fi Upgrade: Please help!!!


New member
Nov 6, 2008

I hope you can help me in the right direction! Afraid this
one is a bit long!


Currently I have a micro system (Denon M37DAB), in
fact I liked it so much I got one in the bedroom too!) The living room one is
paired with Jamo E550 Floorstanders. I currently play digital music
through the Denon IPod ASD-51W dock.

I am looking to upgrade. Minimum requirements: DAB/CD/Music
Streaming+Airplay. Budget can be stretched to £1500

I mainly listen to Rock/Metal but like a good variety so
also listen to Acoustic/Vocal/Classical crossover.

Regardless of what system I end up I will use a NAS (QNAP
TS-269L) from which I will use ITunes Server to stream.(The NAS device supports
DLNA too)


I Like the Denon I have so was toying with upgrading to
another Denon System:

Either D-F109
system (DAB/CD/Streamer

720AE system (DAB/CD/Streamer) ?

although haven’t seen any reviews on the DF-109 yet, neither have I listened to any of these two.

Not sure if I should replace my speakers? (Not listened to
any other speakers to compare current setup but appreciate my current ones are
budget speakers)

Alternatively :

Separates System? Pointers here Appreciated!

All in one like the Naim
UnityLite ? (Superior option but would leave no budget for Speakers?)

Or Sonos Bridge, Connect
and Play 3/5?

Am open to suggestions and would appreciate any help and
advice you could give! (Appreciate Auditioning the shortlist is a must)

Thanks in advance



Well-known member
Nov 23, 2007
I've got a Denon PMA720AE and I also have a DM39DAB and I've tried both with the same speakers in the same room. The DM39DAB is a great little unit and in isolation very fulfilling to listen to. However, each time I switch back to the PMA720AE there are huge improvements in dynamics, resolution, and the feeling that the speakers are really being gripped. The 720 is a great amplifier and I would heartily recommend it if you like the Denon sound.

I've also heard the DCD720AE (with the amp) and that is also excellent.

For a streamer, however, I would go for the Pioneer N30 or N50 as these can handle gapless playback, which the Denon one can't.


New member
Nov 6, 2008
Thanks for you valuable input Matthewpiano, much appreciated.

Gapless Streaming is something I defo would want. WIll have a listen to the PMA720AE Amp tho!

Any one else got any thoughts to help me out? especially around seperates or not?


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