I'm new to the forum and looking forward to gathering a lot of information and opinions!
I have just started to update my 2 channel system and I am looking to gather some opinions as to what I should look at to accomplish what I would like...
My system consists of a Cambridge Audio Azur 640C v.2 CD player, a Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable, a Rotel RC-971 Preamp, a Rotel RB-971 Amp, and a pair of Paradigm Studio 60 speakers. Except for the CD player and the turntable, I put this system together almost 20 years ago, and my goal, at that time, was to get the cleanest, most neutral, clearest sound I could get within my budget, and I think I did alright...
Lately, however, my ears and tastes have changed and I have been finding the system a little harsh and "in your face", so I have started to look at changing some, or all of it in order to put something together that will give me a more "natural" sound...Something that still contains a lot of detail, but is more relaxed/warmer sounding. I would also like the sound to be much more "3D" than my previous system...A sense of space and instrument placement, as opposed to everything being "right there".
The first component I have replaced is the CD player. I have gone with a NAD C565BEE, which sounds like an improvement to me. The detail is still there, in fact, it has greater detail than the Cambridge Audio, but it sounds much less harsh.
So, I am now wondering where to go next and what would provide the biggest improvemet to my system. I have been considering new amplification (likely an integrated amp...I've been thinking about the NAD C375BEE), or speakers (although, I would really like to keep the speakers unchanged, if it is possible for them to give me the sound I want by changing other elements of the system). I am also open to other suggestions or opinions about what I could do to accomplish a warmer, less fatiguing sound.
Although I do use the turntable and listen to vinyl, CD is by far the medium I use most, and that will likely continue to be the case.
Any opinions or viewpoints would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks very much in advance!