i know what you're saying Dan dont worry
I've entered the world of hi-fi from a standing start and really appreciated the advise of people on here when buying my system. I especially appreciated Dan's advice which lead me to buying an absolute mint condition arcam alpha 8 from ebay. I paired this with Tannoy custom f1's, some silver anniversary speaker cable and a decent QED interconnect to my pc and i am very happy with the result!
However, I now want to take it upto the next level (as we all do i'm sure!)
I listen to music at quite low level volume (due to living in a flat and having a good relationship with my neighbours and the fact i work in the hearing industry and dont particularly want to go deaf
), my music is driven from my pc and is in very good bitrate, lowest i have is 320kbps mp3 and about 30% (and climbing) is now lossless flac. Of course its still nice to have some bite for the occasional blast!
I could move my system to the living room but i tend to listen to most of my music when im on my pc anyway so i dont feel the need. This is going quite far off topic now but this question has been on my mind for a while now.
Whats the next logical step to improve my listening experience?
My speakers are positioned about 3 ft in front of me and about 3 ft apart, with about 6" gap beween the wall at the back and a similar distance to the side wall for one of the speakers. Movement is limited due to the small room. So where would you go from here? My thoughts are:
1. Buy a DAC - to bypass my soundcard
2. Buy new speakers (any suggestions?)
3. Buy a new amp (either a totally new one or a arcam 8 poweramp?)
4. Buy stands for speakers (they currently sit on a solidish woodern desk but this would mean a bit of room repositioning)
5. Something i hadn't thought of.
In terms of budget i am happy to spend £300 a year so it can be a work in progress, even if someone says lose the speakers or amp ill not be upset cause im sure these would make great backs for a 5.1 home cinema one day