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markgurney
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Marantz buyers remorse?

A couple months ago I put together a new system of a Marantz SR4023, CC4003, Wharfedale Diamond 10.2's and a Rega P2. I'm enjoying rediscovering my CD collection and discovering vinyl, really for the first time.

But something keeps bugging me and I was hoping to just get some opinions. I originally had walked into a local shop looking to hear Diamond 10.1's and the PM5004. Unfortuntely, the dealer had the PM5004, CD5004 and CC4003 in one listening room, the SR4023 and Wharfedales in a another and I wasn't bold enough to ask to move equipment around. After several hours of listening with my own material in each room seperately, I have what I have now (I know, I know, I should have moved equipment around). Ultimately I was concerned that the 10.1's may not be suited for my large listening room, the dealer convinced me on the extra power of the CC4023 and I felt I might still need/want a CD changer.

Several months and many nights of Stereophile later, I question if I should have ended up with the PM5004 and CD5004. I may or may not be able to do anything about it but any thoughts?

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Here's where personal preferences come in.

Looking over your choices, I see some unavoidable compromises.  Both of those Wharfedale speakers are a little low in sensitivity, so I would not be happy using a 35 WPC PM5004 in a large room at higher volumes with either speaker.  On the other hand, I like my money to go towards sound quality as much as possible, so unless I really needed a tuner, I tend to stay away from receivers. Same thing for the CDP. A changer is money spent on a feature that doesn't add to the sound quality, so I choose single disk players.

But I realize that a tuner, and changer have value to other people, and each of us have to make your own decisions.  With all that being said, I don't think I really understand why you think the more powerful amplifier, and CD changer was not the right choice for you. 

One thing I try not to do is look back too much, questioning my choices. I have enough stress deciding on what I'm getting next. I try to keep in mind that there really is no perfect component for me, once sound, features, and cost are all considered, so after making a purchase it's best to move on in a way. I just try and learn as I go, and maybe I'll be a little smarter the next time. It's all part of the game/hobby to me, so I try and enjoy it while listening to some music. I'm in it for the long haul.

BTW- I have a phono stage, a Pro-ject Tube Box II SE at home on demo that I'm listening to at the moment. I can tell you right now, even before I buy it, that I will be/am having thoughts about competing products that I maybe should get instead, but that kind of thinking can go on forever with me. So after buying it, I will enjoy listening to it while pleasantly pondering future buys. (Confessions of an equipment junky.)

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Thanks for the thoughts

Thanks for the thoughts Demondog. Regarding questioning my choices, its not so much that it was product A over product B but rather that I somehow hamstrung my first steps into hi-fi by going with a receiver instead of an integrated amp and a changer instead of a single disc source. I don't need that tuner and as I spend more time listening I agree that investment in sound quality over convenience is preferred (although a couple successive CD's in the changer is nice when making dinner in my adjacent kitchen).

Anyway, I'm going to go back to listening. The sound coming out of those Wharfedales now is certainly more lovely than from my Denon AVR/Sony changer/Polks of before. You are right though, a person can drive themselves mad with this stuff. On to thinking about next steps...interconnects? Speaker cable? Phono stage?

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