First, hello everybody. Excuse my rambling first topic!!
I am considering my next step from my current set up which is a Uniti 1 through Totem Model 1 Signatures (the old ones, 87dB, 4 ohm).
This all started when the display gave up on the Uniti and research told me it was going to cost £400 to fix. I then started to look at Uniti Star as a replacement. Then I found out you could get the display fixed for around 130 and the cd player packed up!
This got me wondering about whether I could rip all of my cds and do without a cd player. The star can do this but then the cd player would be redundant so I fancied the Nova instead which would have plenty of oomph for my speakers. I want to keep to something simple rather than go back to many boxes!
Anyway as you do, I started looking at alternatives and found the System Audio 5.2 which with a hub can stream and then I found Buchardt A500 which are a similar system but with a bit more bass and now I’m sort of stuck.
I like Naim, but I’m not wedded to them and I do like the sound I get from the Totems except there is always the hankering after a bit more bass, so I’m in a massive quandary. These are the budgetary considerations:
Fix the Unity: £4-500 maybe - This is the common sense option
Or, fix it and sell it at a modest profit maybe and:
Find a refurb Star - £2900
Find a refurb Nova - £3300 - More oomph. Mmmmm
SA 5.2 plus Hub - £2900
Buchardt A500 plus hub - around £3300 at current exchange rate
With the active speakers, I can recoup at least some of the cost by selling my Totems and cables and both allow me to use room correction which gives me tweaking room i.e. something to play with.
Let me just say that I am not looking to upgrade per se, I just see an opportunity to buy new kit that may keep me happy for a few years to come. I also must add that fixing and keeping the Uniti is not out of hte question.
Any thoughts on relative performance, bang per buck etc. would be greatly appreciated.