I have exhausted everybody in HIFI Corner forum about, amplifiers and speakers. The end result was that save up for a SN3 with possible Hicap down the track, then a Kanata 2. The SN3 might happen though the rest is bye in the sky.
Looking at how much money I spent on my Linn LP12 I might have been better off purchasing a ND5 XS 2 and a Uniti Core. I know it is the more expensive option though I like simple therefore I have an Apple iMac which runs OSX and Windows 10. I like stable and purpose built platforms.
Well after spending $14k AUD on a Linn LP12 and phono preamps and connections.
I might have been better off going down the digital path, though I would have nothing to play my vinyl. If I go down the ND5 XS I will be staying place with my current XS system. Please see profile.
As we have a slow internet connection of 25MB/s at best of an evening. The plan was to purchase downloads from QoBuz. It seems to be the best for my location in South East Australia. I must say I was disappointed with the CD only downloads of the available Dire Straits Albums. I look further afield at other artists and resolutions ranged from 24/44.1kHz, 24/96kHz and one if I remember correctly was 24/196kHz.
Given the ND5 XS 2 is capable of higher resolutions I thought that these formats would be out there. Am I looking too deep into this and should be very happy with a 24/96kHz down load?
In my posts in HIFI Corner I was after a better amplifier and speakers. Though my dear wife has said NO!
So with the desire to look down another path and I do not think it is worth the plunge and I just keep playing my CDs and TT. Pocket the $8k6 AUD on an ND5 XS 2 and Uniti Core.
Not having Dire Straits in HiRes was a disappointment. Along with other favourite artists in lower HiRes formats than I had expected. Possibly the files would be take too long to download? I have no idea and this is all speculation.
Money saved on a digital streaming system may better off purchasing MoFi LPs.
The other downside is repurchasing all my albums in vinyl into digital downloads. I can use the Uniti Core to rip my CDs bit for bit, which would be nice.
Then the possible disappointment of lack of connectivity with our WIFI system and poor internet connect.
The reason I considered the ND5 SX 2 is because of its entry price of almost $4,850 AUDk. Which is far less expensive when compared to a SN3 and HiCap at $11,300.
Question, am I really missing out on a music listening experience not having digital streaming and down loads in the mix.