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Yes, regrets, but now it's time to make amends and return to audio land.
My remaining gear consists of Technics SL1210 mk2, AT 95E MM, Musical Fidelity XLP phone stage, sound organisation 4 shelf rack, unbranded shielded interconnet, B&O beovision 1 telly with active analogue speakers, phono stage connects into tv camcorder inputs. As good as the telly sounds it's been at best a compromise.
I'm on the look out for some active bookshelf speakers to start with and have been considering the Quad 9AS.
Any ideas welcome for CD player, speakers, cables.
Get a listen to as much different kit as you can. The NVA kit is superb value for music per pound. There's a loan scheme for the starter kit with pre / power and cables. That could be your first port of call. You may be near members here who will give you a listen to their set up. There are also bake-offs from time to time that are worth getting to. I'd also look at the secondhand market, especially for speakers - there are so many bookshelf types available at less than half of their new price. You might even look at improving a pair of old speakers using 'Doc Mods' (lots in the archive here about how to do it).
Hope this helps.
PS. At recent bake-off, Andy-831 mentioned some Q Acoustics speakers that he thought were terrific value.
NVA BMU / WTL Versalex / Transfiguration Axia /NVA Phono2 w/ 2nd PSU / GSP Revelation C / Vortexbox Appliance NAS Server / Sonore microRendu USB streamer w/ LPSU / Chord 2Qute USB dac / NVA P90sa / NVA A80MK2 (bass) / NVA A70 MK2 (tweeters) / NVA Cube 1 / NVA TIS MK1 / NVA SSPMK2 / NVA LS6 / NVA AP10H (& 1x additional PS) / Audeze LCD-2
301 / 3012 / 2m black
401 / PU7 / AT33ev / Highphonics SUT
Phono 2 + extra PSU
Vortexbox, SBT / Teac Dac
Glasshouse TVC, P50 Sa or Quad 34/44
Quad 303; 606 or Bel Canto Set 40 or NG 300B Set Monoblocks
Tannoy GRF Memory.
Q Acoustic 3020.
https://www.superfi.co.uk/p-19254-ruark ... 20Speakers
Back in the 90s I auditioned the NVA integrated statement and as good as it sounded at first, the result was that it highlighted the shortcomings in all my other components. Making me realise that if I were to keep it, the entire system would need replacing. A Morgan Audio Systems Int/Power bi-wired into Elac speakers was chosen in the end.
Have to say I loved the look of the statement amp. Unique.
Give the P20/A20 loan scheme a go and see if you like the sound. If you're going for a completely new rig you could start with an NVA amp and build around it (Cubes ???).
Digits: RPi 2B / Allo DigiOne / Volumio / Tomanek ULPS / AQ Jitterbug
CD Transport: Cambridge CXC DAC: Metrum Acoustics Musette
Cans: AudioQuest NightHawk Digital i/c: Oxypure OCC coax & optical