Not the end of the UK as we know it, but my hi-fi journey.
Having had an opportunity to try a 500 DR in my system, replacing a 300DR, it will come as no surprise that the 500 has stayed and not only because it is a bugger of a lump to move into the racks. Fortunately my wife also agreed it was an improvement and was happy to invest the money needed. She was worried that it might show up some shortfall in the speakers. Well it did, insofar that my lack of attentiveness to system maintenance had allowed one or two of the speaker bolts to have loosened. A quick re-torque removed a small, but very disconcerting, buzz whilst playing Richter’s ‘Sleep’. The 500 is clearly putting out more energy at the lower frequencies, which is otherwise, for me, very welcome.
Perhaps a change of speakers in the future, which is not a topic for discussion with my wife.
Any next purchase will only be to replace something that has died and I fear my CD player is on borrowed time, a bit like we humans are.