Upgrade options - which one?
Firstly, this is my current system:
AVR - Marantz SR7008 (runs the center)
Amp - Anthem MCA20 (runs the mains)
Source - Sonos ZP90, Cable, PS4, WDTV, Apple TV
Main Spkr - Focal 836vw (special edition, uses the "w" series drivers)
Center Sprk - Focal CC1008be
Sub - Sunfire HRS12
Cables - Analysis Plus Chocolate Interconnect
Analysis Plus Chocolate speaker cable
Analysis Plus super sub
Analysis Plus digital oval (coax)
I am happy with the system, but there are a few issues/opportunities I am trying to rectify:
- Sound stage is good, but not great. Height and depth is the biggest weakness
- Dynamics - I would like some increased bottom end (80hz-200hz sort of area)
- Fatigue - at high volume the system gets quite harsh and a bit fatiguing
- Dialogue - the center is good, but dialogue doesn't seem as clear and distinguished as it should.
So I have about 10k available and have decided to make an upgrade. I have to decide to either upgrade the source/amplification or the speakers. At this stage I cant afford to do both. I am leaning more towards source/amps as I really enjoy the sound of my speakers and believe they aren't performing to their potential. They don't seem like the weakest link, but I could be wrong.
Upgrade Option 1:
Upgrade SR7008 > AV7702m2/AV8003/M17/AVM060 (basically a better pre/pro)
Upgrade MCA20 > Parasound Halo A31 (a better amp, and 3 channel so center can enjoy amplification)
Upgrade Sonos ZP90 > Bluesound Node 2 (by all accounts a big step up in SQ)
Upgrade Option 2:
Upgrade 836VW to Focal 1028be/1038be. My local hifi shop also has a second hand set of Focal Scala Utopia which would sit within budget
As I said I am leaning towards option 1 as I believe it will really bring out the best in my current speakers, and even if I did change speakers, I would have to make the source/amp upgrades down the track anyway. With that said, I haven't heard the 1038be or the Scala Utopia and I imagine they are very impressive. More impressive then my current speakers (keep in mind they share the same drivers) I don't know.
I should also add that either way, I will also be adding a set of Focal SR700v to finish off my 5.1ch. I would rather get the rest right though before adding the surrounds. Home theatre is important, but so is 2ch listening. Probably about 50/50 usage actually.
Would really appreciate opinions, I want to make sure I make the right decision and get the best value for my hard earned cash
I have also attached a picture of current setup.