Hi there. I've been a lurker for some time and I thank you folks for excellent advice.
So little background here. Our group moved into a new office 18 months ago and were given carte blanche to decorate / furnish as we wished (15 year depreciation). I decided I wanted my office to include an Audio / Video aspect and I had a 60 inch Sony HD flat screen mounted on my wall as my computer monitor with HDMI cables in the ceiling. I also bought a nice AV set up including NAD surround amp, Yamaha CD changer, B&W CM1 speakers in Rosenut and Marantz Blu Ray player.
18 months later, roof repairs after Irene lead to the roof catching fire and the subsequent fire / smoke / water damage to the penthouse leads to my office being declared a write-off.
So I'm faced with the (un)enviable task of replacing all of my AV gear all at once. I have written about 5 e-mails and checked with our regional director and office manager about a zillion times to make sure I will be reimbursed for this stuff. Most large corporations don't like reimbursing for stereo gear
I really tried to be reasonable, stay within a small percentage of the value of the previous gear and match piece for piece. However, it sure feels funny ordering close to 5k worth of new gear all at once. I wanted to keep the components one brand for remote ease sake and sound compatibility. I considered Cambridge Audio, Marantz, Music Hall, Creek and NAD. I also really wanted to focus on the best possible sounding 2 channel set up and not a surround system.
Here's what's on tap:
Amp: NAD C365 DAC
CD player: NAD C565BEE (dual Wolfson DACs)
Blu Ray: NAD T567
iPod 160 GB
Cambridge Audio ID100 iPod / iPad dock
Speakers: Paradigm Studio 20v5 in Rosenut on J29 stands
Connects: Straightwire gold interconnects and quad wired speaker cables
Rack: Salamander 2 tier rack in Walnut
Power: Panamax Surge Protector
Be interested to hear your thoughts. Cannot wait to throw on a couple of CDs to hear how this sounds (Supertramp - Breakfast in America, Police - Synchronicity, Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon, Deadmau5 - Random Album Title, Glenn Gould - Goldberg Variations and Depeche Mode - Violator)