I'm fairly new to all this, but I notice sound improvements when I hear them. A little background info...I started off buying an Onkyo CS-535 micro system and really liked the sound. After seeing an article in Stereophile about Wharfdale Diamond 10.1 speakers, I took a chance and bought a pair to hook up to the Onkyo. What an improvement to already decent sound! Then I picked up a pair of Audio-Tecnica ATH-M50 headphones, and noticed again an marked improvement. I started to look at a headphone amp to further improve things, and instead spent some cash on a Marantz CD6004. I hooked up the Marantz to the Onkyo (via the dock setting) and running a cd through this combination has upped sound quality yet again. I hear things I never knew were there on my favorite cd's!
I've always known that the Diamonds are probably a little under powered with my current set up (20 watts per channel from the Onkyo), so now I'm considering selling the CS-535 with the speakers that came with it and using the money to get an integrated amp. I'm on a budget, but have narrowed things down to the Nad C316Bee or the Marantz PM5004 or PM6004. Would anyone be able to give me some advice on how to proceed? I listen mainly to rock, jazz, blues and a little classical and country thrown in for good measure.I would duly appreciate it!