What to upgrade to for better sound?

The Fat Priest

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Hello,

I suppose it depends on what I mean by "better sound" but that's a difficult one to answer...

I have a relatively old set up which I use to stream music from my PC where all my files are FLACS. From there the music goes (via JRiver MC) to one or other old Marantz music centre - a 510 or a 610, each connected to a pair of QAcoustic standmounted speakers - 3010 for the 510 and 3020 for the 610.

I would like in particular to get "better sound" for where the 610 is. But what would be the best way, assuming I want to spend upto maybe £1000?

There's the Marantz PM7000N, just a straight swap with the 610, which would then swap with the 510.

Or maybe change the speakers as well in one go, and go for the KEF LSX?

Or maybe a Bluesound Node and an amp of some description, sticking with the 3020 speakers?

I basically have no idea which way to go, and any opinions (rather than advice of course!) would be welcome. On these options or any others. I have enjoyed listening to John Darko's youtube channel, and from there I think that what I might mean by "better sound" is something an audiophile might describe as more "musical" than - what's the other word? - "transparent", is it? I am not an audiophile, I don't really care about how many gigatwangs you might get per second from a doped paper cone. But I love music, especially songs, and would really like to invite the singers into my living room for tea, you know.

Thanks for any thoughts anyone might have.

Phillip
 

Tinman1952

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Hello,

I suppose it depends on what I mean by "better sound" but that's a difficult one to answer...

I have a relatively old set up which I use to stream music from my PC where all my files are FLACS. From there the music goes (via JRiver MC) to one or other old Marantz music centre - a 510 or a 610, each connected to a pair of QAcoustic standmounted speakers - 3010 for the 510 and 3020 for the 610.

I would like in particular to get "better sound" for where the 610 is. But what would be the best way, assuming I want to spend upto maybe £1000?

There's the Marantz PM7000N, just a straight swap with the 610, which would then swap with the 510.

Or maybe change the speakers as well in one go, and go for the KEF LSX?

Or maybe a Bluesound Node and an amp of some description, sticking with the 3020 speakers?

I basically have no idea which way to go, and any opinions (rather than advice of course!) would be welcome. On these options or any others. I have enjoyed listening to John Darko's youtube channel, and from there I think that what I might mean by "better sound" is something an audiophile might describe as more "musical" than - what's the other word? - "transparent", is it? I am not an audiophile, I don't really care about how many gigatwangs you might get per second from a doped paper cone. But I love music, especially songs, and would really like to invite the singers into my living room for tea, you know.

Thanks for any thoughts anyone might have.

Phillip
Hi. I assume you are referring to the Marantz 'Melody' MCR units? Are you sending the music over your network? Hopefully you are not using the analogue out of your PC.
 

Tinman1952

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Yes, it's all networked.
Thanks... just checking. 🙂 The 7000N is a nice piece of kit (I have seen it for £849) and would undoubtedly be a 'step up' from the 610. However the biggest change for the 'better sound' you are seeking will come from a speaker upgrade in my view. Personally I would not choose the LSX as I do not like to have 'all my eggs in one basket'... but that's just me.
 
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