New member here, and I’m currently making some changes in my setup. To be honest, I’m not a hifi geek, but I have a pair of Epos ES14’s that have been with me for the last thirty years or so. They are powered by an old Rotel RA-01 amplifier, and there is a Marantz CD6006 as source. I also have a two million year old Apple Airport Express that hooks up to a Cambridge DacMagic (first version), and this is actually what I use the most, streaming from my iPad/iPhone. Now, this is a lot of boxes and cables, and I guess I want to tidy things up.
The Airport Express and DacMagic has to go, since they are more or less falling apart. The CD6006 is basically never used, so I am inclined to let it go too.
Two options I have been thinking about is either going with the new Bluesound Node (N130), which was released this year, and keep the Rotel RA-01. This would obviously be the cost effective solution. The other option is splashing out for a Naim Uniti Atom. Approximately 5 times the cost, but it seem to do just about everything I need and more - and it has inputs for the CD player if I decide to keep it.
The deal breaker is more sound quality than cost, since I probably will live with the chosen solution for ten years or so. But I listen to music at moderately low volumes. A lot of it is modern classic, electronica (Biosphere, ambient). I hardly ever listen to rock. The room is about 25 square meters.
Do any of you have experience with the Atom/ES14 combination? I know from yesteryear that Naim and Epos made a good match, but I don’t know if we’re talking about the larger amplifiers.
Also, has anyone experience with moving from the Bluesound to Atom (or the other way)? I guess what I’m trying to figure out what I can expect.
And thank you for reading through this!