Good Morning Fine AVS Folks,
I am currently using a Marantz SR7400 receiver to power 2 Polk RTi 10's in 2 channel stereo mode. I am contemplating a purchase of an NAD 356bee with the built-in DAC. I run all my hi-def audio from my computer via TOS link into my receiver. I am really attracted tot he 2 channel stereo setup with digital inputs. Is moving from the SR-7400 to the 356bee DAC an upgrade I will easily notice?
I want to upgrade my speakers next. Maybe I am doing it all wrong and I should be upgrading my speakers first. For speakers I have been considering the Ascend Sierra's, MA Silver RX-6, and Dynaudio X12/16. I am trying to keep that cost to around $1k. I auditioned the Dynaudio x12's powered by a Rega Brio and was floored by that combo, really big deep sound out of those little guys! And the MA RX-6's also seemed fantastic from my listening experience.
I see lots of discussion on here lately about just using cheap receivers vs. separates and the whole integrated stereo amps are just receivers with half the pieces chucked into the scrap heap.
My local hi-fi dealers here seem to be of the philosophy of get the best signal you possible can to the speakers first. So upgrade your electronics and then the speakers.
I guess my ears can tell me but with so many moving parts(changing electronics and speakers from place to place), changing components no real way to do a complete apples to apples comparison it is just hard for me to tell.