If you could upgrade today..

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Bolster, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Bolster

    Bolster Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    UK
    If you could upgrade today without damaging the bank balance or upset the wife, what would you have.

    Here's mine... Santa?

    Cambridge Audio CX61 or CX81 not sure which
    Cambridge Audio CXC
    Cambridge Audio CXN v2
    Technica 1500C in silver
    Speakers? I like my Wharfedale Diamond floorstanders at the moment, but may change them to some Fyne Audio or Tannoy floorstanders
     
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  2. mds

    mds Forum Resident

    Location:
    PA
    A really expensive R2R DAC and a Pass Labs class A mono block amplifier set. Unfortunately this would upset the bank balance, so it ain't happening unless Santa really does exist.
     
  3. cdgenarian

    cdgenarian Forum Resident

    Location:
    North Carolina
    I think I'd like:

    1. Schiit Bifrost 2 DAC (I like the modular concept and the connectivity options.)
    2. A really nice SACD player

    (To be updated...)
     
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  4. manxman

    manxman Forum Resident

    Location:
    Isle of Man
    Wouldn't mind trying out my BeoLab 90s with a dCS Vivaldi CD transport.
     
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  5. TheIncredibleHoke

    TheIncredibleHoke Dachshund Dog Dad

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    I would upgrade my amp and speakers only:

    Replace my Peachtree Audio Integrated with a Yamaha AS3000 or Pass Labs INT-60
    Replace my B&W 685s2 speakers with Harbeth Super HL5+

    This is my upstate summer/weekend/retirement home plan for a few years from now. I'm not sure I could find room for these in our current tiny Brooklyn apartment, but it would be fun trying!
     
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  6. caracallac

    caracallac Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ireland
    Chord Dave, AirTight ATM-3211 & Wilson Sasha DAW's...

    Well I can dream can't I?
     
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  7. Phil Thien

    Phil Thien Forum Resident

    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    I’d buy a bunch of old t4p/p-mount cartridges to try in my turntable.
     
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  8. MacGyver

    MacGyver Forum Resident

    Location:
    IRRIGON, OR. U.S.
    - PIONEER ELITE -

    C-90/C-91 PREAMP
    M-90/M91 POWER AMP
    PL-90 TURNTABLE
    D-1000 DAT DECK
    CT-91 COMPACT CASSETTE DECK
    PD-91 CD PLAYER (already own)
    PD-M90X SIX-DISC MAGAZINE CD PLAYER (already own)
    PD-M900 SIX-DISC MAGAZINE CD PLAYER
    PD-3000 CD PLAYER (Japanese market version of PD-91)
    LD-S1 LASERDISC PLAYER
    LD-S2/X1 LASERDISC PLAYER
    DSS-E10/9 THREE-WAY SPEAKER SYSTEM
    TZ-9 THREE-WAY SPEAKER SYSTEM
     
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  9. Kristofa

    Kristofa I dream of wires

    Location:
    Eugene, Oregon
    Probably a Roon Nucleus or Herbie’s threaded gliders for my speakers.
     
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  10. rebellovw

    rebellovw Forum Resident

    Location:
    Prescott, AZ
    I’d want a SET amp to see what all the fanfare is about.
     
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  11. caracallac

    caracallac Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ireland
    Have you considered Pioneer's D-07 DAT? It's one of the few pieces of kit I had that I now regret selling.

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  12. Jeff57

    Jeff57 Forum Resident

    I'd start with this...
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  13. MacGyver

    MacGyver Forum Resident

    Location:
    IRRIGON, OR. U.S.

    there's a number of those available on the BAY at the moment; PIONEER D-07 | eBay
     
  14. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Location:
    Central PA
    I have three systems, two unfinished, so my first "upgrade" would probably be...a tech-y guy to help with the re-wiring, cable laying and set-up.

    It's only in a situation like this can a fresh pair of eyes say, "Ya know, you should drop-kick that Ford-Aministration-era component, and get one that uses ____." :D

    I've never gotten exactly what I wanted in one system, it was always a case of, "I got this and I got this; if I could score a ____, I could have ____."
     
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  15. Silverwolf

    Silverwolf Forum Resident

    If was being vaguely realistic.... Auralic Aries Mini for streaming (with the linear power supply). If it’s on board DAC was better than my Dacmagic Plus I’d use it. for DAC also. A pair of Tannoy xt6f speakers for my small space as they’re nearly half price in the UK at present. Then a new amp, Temple Audio Bamtam One.

    If I was being unrealistic, £20000 of kit, and a new place to live.
     
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  16. Larry I

    Larry I Forum Resident

    Location:
    Washington, D.C.
    I heard a custom-built system this past weekend that was pretty good. It had all G.I.P. Laboratory copies of Western Electric field coil drivers--a replica of the M-18 woofer (18" driver), a replica of the 555 compression midrange driver, a replica of the 597 tweeter. A tungar power supply provided the DC for the field coil magnets of the three drivers. A Yoshimura Laboratory horn with a quite large and almost square opening was fitted to the compression midrange (the midrange crossed in at 190 hz). The woofer is in a hexagonal cabinet with a partially open back (i.e., open baffle configuration). The system is probably over 100 db/w efficient and was driven by a Western Electric 124 amp.

    Dynamics, weight and a sense of large scale where the particular strength of this system. It also lacked any serious horn-type coloration. I don't think it quite matched my own system in one aspect--ability to sound alive and exciting at low volume levels--but in all other respects it was a better system. The night before I heard this system, I heard another quite nice system with Magico M2 speakers, but there simply is no comparison--the old school system was decidedly better (the old school system does cost more than twice the price of the Magicos).

    I would also need a place to put this quite large system, unless I were willing to stuff it in my place like Japanese audiophile do with their systems.
     
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  17. Boomy

    Boomy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Indiana
    Headphone: Sony Z1R or Sennheiser HD 820
     
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  18. Salectric

    Salectric Forum Resident

    Location:
    Maryland
    Larry, is that setup the system that DejaVu Audio will be bringing to CAF next week?
     
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  19. cdgenarian

    cdgenarian Forum Resident

    Location:
    North Carolina
    Update: I'm not a particularly cable-centric person, but I hate the curly-Q, spaghetti cable mesh I now have. So,

    3. some nice cables
     
  20. Larry I

    Larry I Forum Resident

    Location:
    Washington, D.C.
    I don't think Deja Vu is going to CAF. You probably can hear it at their store. It is the system in the main listening room and has a blue automotive paint finish and a big black horn on top. I heard it while Vu was in the process of making adjustments. This is one of the best of his custom-built speakers. I tend to like his custom designs that use YL horns. YL made terrific horns and very good compression drivers too. Their compression tweeters are also good.
     
  21. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
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  22. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dallas
    If I’m throwing money around, I wouldn’t mind having a Sugden A21. I’ll put it on my Christmas list in case anyone feels especially generous this year.
     
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  23. CrazyCatz

    CrazyCatz Great shot kid. Don't get cocky!

    Any Rega TT
    Marantz KI Signature CD player
    The latest Yamaha AV Receiver
    Another JPW Subwoofer
    Finally a projector in the £1000 range.
     
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  24. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    If there was a Santa, I'd like my old record collection back.....
     
  25. mrz80

    mrz80 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Gainesville, FL
    Hoo boy... along with paying someone ELSE to fix my busted gear so I don't have to myself? :laugh:

    MR-78, C-33, MC-2125 or better yet 2205 (Dave, if you ever get tired of yours... :angel:), XR-290s and/or IDS-25, prob. the 290s. Teac A-450. I'd keep the Sony CD player and Oppo Bluray. And add another couple hundred square feet onto the back side of the house for a bigger, better arranged family room to put it all in.:righton:
     
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