Let's work the budget.
You are speculating on Speakers in the $2000/pr
You are speculating on amps in the roughly $2500 range?
So, you have about - roughly - $7000 to spend on a amp/speaker system? Right? More? Less? ....????
I think you turntable and phono stage are fine. Though if you want to upgrade the turntable there are certainly many options, we just need a working budget?
Your existing turntable Rega 1 with Performance Pack
and a cartridge upgrade probably ran in the $650 to $700 range. That implies to get an upgrade in this area, you will need to spend $1000 OR MORE
on a turntable. Though again, the one you have is pretty nice, especially with the upgrades. I really don't see any need to upgrade the Phono Stage at this point in time. See what you get in the amp you buy, and re-think it at that time.
The Rotel RA-1592
and the Parasound Halo Integrated
are indeed good amps with lots of power and lots of features - 200w/ch for the Rotel
and 160w/ch for the Parasound
The AV Receiver you have is low end. That's not a knock against Marantz
, they make fine equipment, but that amp has about 50w/ch which isn't much. However, an AV Receiver might have additional features that would be of value to you. For example, Network Streaming
or Electronic Sub/Front Management
. Myself, I don't need those things. For me the only aspect of value would be the Network Streaming, and I can by that separately for about $500 (Bluesound Node-2).
Worth noting that the Parasound Integrated
has ESS Sabre DACs
that are DSD capable, and the Parasound has Full Electronic Bass Management.
So that has some appeal.
If you want Network Streaming
and Bass Management
then the Parasound Halo Integrated ($2495)
plus the Bluesound Node-2 ($500)
would give you everything you need for $3000.
Also bear in mind that most of the amps mentioned will come with their own built-in Phono Stage. So, I would see what the quality of those stages are before buying a new Phono Pre-Amp.
As to speakers the REVA-4 at $2000/pr
would be a bargain, and I suspect very sweet sounding speakers. I would expect similar results from the Dali Opticon 8 which run just under $4000/pr.
The Monitor Audio Silver 10
have 2x8" bass drivers, and run about $1250 Each ($2500/pr)
depending on the finish. I would expect good results from those -
It is still possible to get deep discounts on the Wharfedale JADE 7 speakers ($2500/pr, (retail $4200/pr))
Enclosure Type: 4-way Aperiodic system
- 1 x 1" (25mm) Alu high frequency dome
- 1 x 3" (65mm) Alu-pulp composite midrange cone
- 1 x 6.5" (150mm) Acufibre bass cone
- 2 x 8" (175mm) Acufibre bass cone
Frequency Response: 38Hz – 24kHz ±3dB
Keep in mind that 38hz at -3db is about 30hz to 32hz at -6db. But, allegedly VERY clear speakers.
You can hear the Martin Logan Motion 60XT
at Best Buy-Magnolia. They have 2x8" bass driver and the folded Air Motion Tweeters, priced at about $1600 each in Black Cherry Finish -
If you can push up into the $6000 to $8000 per Pair range, then there are others to consider.
The Wharfedale Jade 7
are outstanding speakers, very highly rated by Stereophile
and Sound and Vision
, and really at a bargain price. Music Direct
, the seller, is in the Chicago area if that helps you at all.
$2500/ea = Parasound Halo Integrated, 160w/ch, ESS DACs, Bass Management
$_500/ea = Bluesound Node-2 Network Streaming
$2500/pr = Wharfedale Jade 7 floorstanding
$5500 = Total ($7200 retail)
I don't think anyone would be crying over that system.
While not quite up to the standard you seem to be shopping for, consider the Wharfedale Diamond 250
with 2x8" Bass driver for the very modest price of $1300/pr
Enclosure type: Bass reflex
Transducer complement: 3-way
Bass driver: 200mm (8") Woven Kevlar Cone x 2
Midrange driver: 130mm (5.25") Woven Kevlar Cone
Treble driver: 25mm Soft Dome
Frequency response (+/-3dB): 35Hz - 20kHz
Bass extension (-6dB): 32Hz
Hard to find that much speaker for a lower price.
Just a few thoughts.