I have a pair of Chrono 507.2-s used mainly for music. I choose chronos as they sounded great playing jazz (btw they were demoed with denon amp in the shop).
And though I mostly stick with jazz sometimes you have to switch to that good old rock, right?
And sometimes it seems that sound gets kind of smeared and I start to wonder maybe there's some weak link in my setup.
Source is a linux HTPC with nvidia Ion2 chipset and I play lossless files or music videos using passthrough audio mode via HDMI to my Marantz SR5007 receiver. Another source is a satelite box but I dont care much about audio quality there anyway,
Ancient Adcom GFA-545 II power amp is hooked to receiver's pre-outs (supra interconnect cables and speaker cables are emotiva). Beleive me, power amp makes real difference! Same system without adcom (i.e. using Marantz builtin amps) sounds kind of shallow. Also I could not hear benefits of marantz audissey calibration - direct mode works better for me.
So now I ponder if it makes sense to look for upgrading something. Can I get noticeable improvement? Or maybe current setup looks well-balanced and I'd better start saving money for a new system based on higher class speakers for better sound?
Of course, I understand there are no ready-made recipes, the best way is to try and listen - but there are too many different options/combinations - source-DAC-preamp-amp.
So I'd be glad to hear any advice in which direction to look first.