My system - almost 10 years old...

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  1. horribleman

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    I've had the same separates and speakers for almost 10 years now.

    Amp is a Marantz PM66SE KI Sig
    CD is a Marantz PM63mkII KI Sig
    Speakers are Acoustic Energy AE109

    I've always thought it sounded great - the bass sounds really deep but controlled, treble and midrange very easy to pick out and the separation and soundstage is good.

    What I was wondering is:

    a) Is there a single component I should replace due to it being mis-matched?

    and

    b) If I were to want to upgrade the whole system, what would something equivalent cost me today?

    and

    c) Does anyone else have any of this ancient gear still running, and what do you think of it?

    :)

    Andrew
     
  2. Mr_Sukebe

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    If you think it's sounds great, STOP right now and don't listen to anything else.
    Go blow the money on a great holiday instead.
     
  3. alexs2

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    You made a very good initial choice by buying the KI versions of each of your Marantz components,which are significantly better than the base versions,in all respects.

    As has been said above,if you like the sound as it is,dont fiddle with it,unless you absolutely HAVE to,as you will end up spending significant amounts to better it,but if you do have to,try a few alternative speakers,but do so in your own home,not at a dealers showroom.
     
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    I'm with Mr Sukebe - unless you have a reason, spend the money on better things. Why change a system that sounds great ?
     
  5. horribleman

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    Agreed.

    I'll probably look to upgrade in a couple of years, pending another house move and all that lovely cash sucking stuff.

    So would you agree that maybe the speakers weren't the best choice for this system? I was pretty limited in selection when I was buying and I had the money burning a hole in my pocket (young and foolish and all that).

    But you're right. Why waste money on changing something that I'm happy with. I guess once I start to discover new genres that push the system then I could think about complaining.

    I was gonna have to replace the speakers with standmounts on the sideboard as the girlfriend hates the big black AEs, but I ignored her protestations and set them up anyway.

    Thanks for the feedback - It's such a transient scene that failing to keep up with what's going on can really confuse. I was imagining you'd all pile in here and say OMG that tech is soooo old and rubbish - you can get better for £100 these days.

    Andrew.
     
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    or if you do insist on ugrading - make sure you get a home demo so you can do a side by side comparison...
     
  7. la gran siete

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    Why change something that works fine?
     
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    Absolutely don't change a single god-damn thing. Your system is fine as it is, and I'm particularly impressed that you've managed to stay upgrade-free for so long!

    I'd leave the forum immediately if I were you. You might catch the upgrade bug if you hang around too long :D

    DT
     
  9. Dankeech

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    You know what they say 'If it aint broke, don't fix it'.
    If you're happy with it, keep it. How about a nice plasma or something, a holiday, or something else etc.

    This could get expensive otherwise.

    Totally agree with the upgrade bug & this forum. You risk finding yourself getting less happy with your current setup if you ask questions like this lol.

    'Curiosity killed the Cat'
     
  10. Gti Jazz Blue

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    As I am moving and will have a dedicated Cinema room I will be able to have a dedicated HiFi system in the lounge :smashin:

    I have just picked up a secondhand Arcam setup, Alpha CD8, Alpha 8R and 8P to Bi-Amp, it came with a pair of Mission 773 floorstanders. So I am looking for suggestions for a pair of standmounters to go with it (Wife prefers standmounts to floorstanding). Secondhand recomendations to watchout for or new up to £200.

    Cheers.

    Paul
     
  11. Dankeech

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    Paul, welcome to the forum. :hiya:

    You will need to post a new thread in this forum, rather than 'Hi-jacking' another person's thread (frowned on)

    Your new, so no worries, but you'll have more success starting a new thread, rather than using this one.

    Best of luck,

    Dan
     
  12. Gti Jazz Blue

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    OK will start a new thread - sorry folks.
     
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    No worries
     

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