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Time to Upgrade, Need Some Help

My system is 25 + years old. It’s time to upgrade and I am wondering if any of my components are worth keeping or do I replace some or all? My budget is 5K, I could go a little higher if the performance to value ratio is there.

I listen to rock, jazz and instrumentals by way of CD, Vinyl and my Ipod. I like it loud.

My current system is; Table - Luxman PD121, Tone Arm - Micro Seiki MA-505, Cartridge Ortofon Super OM10 / Amp – Audio Research D-52B 50W@8ohms 80W@4ohms / Pre Amp – Audio Research SP6A (Tube) 3 years ago I upgraded the interstage coupling capacitors with premium Dynamicaps / CD player – Sony CDP-C705 / Speakers – Magnepan MG 2

I know I need to upgrade my speakers and I’m considering Magnepan 1.7s. I love my Maggie’s, other suggestions?

Is my table, tone arm and cartridge good or do I need to replace part or all?

CD player, Amp, Preamp? What I’ve read on the amp it might be worth keeping.

I am not up on components and welcome suggestions.

Thank you

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CD player and Ortofon OM10 to

CD player and Ortofon OM10 to at least a more modern 2M Red...

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There is really nothing wrong with the Ortofon OM cartridges

which have a better sound than the 2Ms as far as I'm concerned. For that $99 I'd look at replacing the stylus with an LP Gear improved replacement stylus for the OM20. The table and arm are good ones that should last a lifetime.

The CD player certainly can be improved upon and depending on the age of those Magnepans, they could be checked for delamination and repaired if needed. Magnepan 1.7s should really be fed with more than 80 wpc into 4 Ohms, but in a small room would probably be OK.

Are your Magnepans MG-II, MG-IIa, MG-IIb, or MG-IIc? If they are in good shape you might consider having them "Gunned". So modified they just might put the 1.7s to shame. http://www.indiespinzone.com/magnestand.html

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Thanks for Responding

Thanks for the response.

The Magnepans are MGII.

If I were to get them Gunned or go with the 1.7s what components do you suggest I look at to drive them, within my budget of 5K or less.

Amp & preamp – Does the amp need to be replaced?

What CD players to you recommend?

Any other speakers I should look at…. Martin Logan’s etc.

It’s been awhile since I was up on Stereo components. It’s a bit overwhelming all of the choices available.

Thank you for taking the time with your suggestions.

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The Audio Research SP6A preamp is a nice unit and

as upgraded should still be very servicable. A more powerful solid state power amp would help any Magnepan open up and bloom. There are quite a few possibilities, but a Bryston 4B SST2, Parasound Halo A21, Musical Fidelity M6PRX, Cambridge Audio 840W, Vincent SP-331MK or a pair of Emotiva XPA-1 monoblocks might work.

Is $5,000 your total budget for all upgrades or do you have limits for CD player, power amp, and speakers?

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Budget

5K would be for my total upgrade.

Speakers, amp, preamp, cd player,phono cartridge.

Thanks again for the recomendations. I'll start doing my research on the suggested equipment.

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You can also consider keeping

You can also consider keeping the CD player and using it as a transport into something like a Simaudio Moon 100D Dac for much better digital sound. With $5K to play with, consider a big jump in cartridge quality and a Ortofon 2M Black (about $699). Folk are trying to steer you into a more powerful amp, but 80 watts into those speakers is a lot of power unless you listen a painful levels. That siad, the amps recommended are all first rate. I just think you would be better off spending the money on the sources and speakers.

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