Wanted to update on this journey started way back last year (link).
Since then, the REL subwoofer has been replaced with a B&W DB3D sub, the (24 year old) B&W CDM1 rear speakers have been replaced by B&W 705S2 speakers (still on Kudos S100 stands), the centre B&W CDM CSE speaker has been replaced with a B&W HTM71S2.
The system is also joined by a Naim NDX2 streamer for music duties in the living room and for using with the ND555 in the music room in multi room mode.
There’s a few compromises in how the system is set up (no dedicated ‘proper’ rack for the NDX2, the HTM71S2 isn’t in the ‘centre‘ of the sound field, etc.), but it all works really well and is a huge uplift in SQ compared with the previous components.
My dealer & I have had quite a few issues with the Arcam AVR850, and are now on our second brand new unit (that now works well). Apparently Arcam are having quite a few quality control issues, and my Hi-Fi dealer has had to send back multiple AVR30 units (successor to the AVR850) as the firmware still hasn’t been fixed (e.g. Dirac room correction still not working properly).
Anyway, the system is working flawlessly and we’re enjoying music and films during the lockdown. We’re not ‘Netflixers’ or ‘Amazon Primers’, but are doing our best to keep HMV alive with BluRay and 4K disc purchases. We do have the free Apple TV+ subscription that we are trying out as well.
The keen eyed will also notice that the carpet is different (cream instead of green) and the coffee table has gone for good (to the local hospice shop)!