Upgrade AV32 or new Centre?

lovegroova

Well-known Member
I have just received news of a christmas bonus of around £900 and I am unsure of how to spend it. It is enough to upgrade my AV32R to the 192kHz DACs and perhaps get the bypass as well. Or I could get a new centre speaker. I am currently using a B&W CDMCSE along with my lovely new Nautilus 805 Signatures.

Should I?

1) Get an HTM2 centre (£850) and wait to upgrade the AV32R?
2) Upgrade the AV32R to the 192kHz DACs (£395)?
3) Upgrade the AV32R to the 192kHz DACs and get the bypass too (£640)?
4) Pay off some of my credit card balance
5) other suggestions...

I am not interested in SACD or DVD-A at present and I do not want to go to 6.1 or 7.1, I have enough speakers already.

I would like to get a 'proper' CD player (around £1,000), as opposed to using my DVD player, at some time in the near-ish future.

Your thoughts would be much appreciated
 

Jase

Distinguished Member
I´d get the new centre speaker, flog your old one and then you might have enough to get the new DAC´s for the TAG.
 

michaelab

Novice Member
I'd pay off my credit card balance. Since you say £900 would pay of 'some' of it then it must be more than £900 which means that every month your CC company is fleecing you with extortionate interest rates. My advice is never to carry balances on CCs. If you need a loan then get one from a bank at a much more reasonable rate.

Sorry to put a downer on things :D

Michael.
 

lovegroova

Well-known Member
Originally posted by michaelab
I'd pay off my credit card balance. Since you say £900 would pay of 'some' of it then it must be more than £900 which means that every month your CC company is fleecing you with extortionate interest rates. My advice is never to carry balances on CCs. If you need a loan then get one from a bank at a much more reasonable rate.

Sorry to put a downer on things :D

Michael.
Aw, you're no fun at all :clown:

PS the interest rate is very low on my CC!
 

UZUBAIRU

Active Member
I'm with Michael.
I don't know of any PERMANENT CC interest rate that is cheaper that a loan.
Do the sensible thing and reduce your balance.
In the long run it will be more satisfying.
Sermon over.

Umu
 

lovegroova

Well-known Member
Guys, the credit card thing was a joke really. I need to spend this money on the system, so please, some HiFi related advice, no more financial advice please...:D
 

NicolasB

Distinguished Member
so please, some HiFi related advice
Okay: get a Proac Response CC2. £1000 but it's substantially nicer than the HTM2 at £850. (HTM1 is nicer still, but at £1500 probably out of reach).
 

michaelab

Novice Member
Originally posted by lovegroova
Guys, the credit card thing was a joke really. I need to spend this money on the system, so please, some HiFi related advice, no more financial advice please...:D
Okay, if you insist :D upgrade the AV32R to new DACs and bypass.

Michael.
 

lovegroova

Well-known Member
Originally posted by NicolasB
Okay: get a Proac Response CC2. £1000 but it's substantially nicer than the HTM2 at £850. (HTM1 is nicer still, but at £1500 probably out of reach).
Would this not "match" the Signatures though??
 

NicolasB

Distinguished Member
I dunno. Find a dealer who'll let you audition it in your own home and find out. You might be all right: both the Proac and B&W speakers can be described as "neutral" - neither adds any distinctive "colour" to the sound.
 

petrolhead

Well-known Member
First transfer your outstanding ballance to a credit card that is offering 0% for 6 - 9 months. I have just transfered to Leeds and Holbeck - 0% for 9 months :)

That now keeps the agel on your left shoulder happy.

Now you can induldge the devil on your right :D
 

Doomlord_uk

Well-known Member
Ok do you have any 192Khz source material? If not what is the point in upgrading to 192Khz dacs?

What is wrong with your current centre channel speaker? Do you really need to upgrade it? (I'm not saying you don't, just asking boring, sermonising type questions :) )

If you were a real man, you'd buy *another* subwoofer for your system. Too much bass is something weenies complain about (and those with neighbours... maybe you have those??) Add a REL Q400. Bass is good for you. It makes you healthy and rich and attracts attractive, single women to you. You know this is true. Its obvious.

OK *serious* suggestions - save up for a Meridian 598. You're not quite half-way there but when you do get there you get killer dvd and CD performance. I think the 598 would be more inline with your AV32's capabilities too.

What about a single 805 siggie for centre duty? You could then sell your current centre, offsetting the cost somewhat. Just an idea...

Also, transfer your CC balance to a 0% account!! ;)
 

alexs2

Well-known Member
For another spin on this idea,why not listen to your AV32R with a Perpetual Technologies P1A upsampler between the CD player and the AV32R's digital input....read all the reviews,but the P1A takes 16bit CD data and upsamples/interpolates it to 24/96.
The difference is instant,and obvious in terms of sound quality,and very similar to dCS's £10k offering,but will only relieve you of about £900.
I've used one in my system for over 2years with no problems,and wouldn't now listen to CDs without it.

Linn CD
Perpetual Technologies P1A
TagMclaren AV32R
Krell KMA 100 monoblocs
B&W Nautilus 805s
REL Q201 sub
 

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