I'm quite interested in upgrading my Hi-Fi system, which is currently a Pioneer which cost me Ã‚Â£1200 almost 20 years ago. It's still working fairly well, except the turntable is in the loft (don't use vinyl now), and the twin cassette deck in U/S (through lack of use as I've never been a tape person). The CD multichanger, amp and pre-amp are going well!
However, I'm quite keen to try something new, and it's either a nice system which is going back to basics with just amp, CD and speakers (like this well reviewed Marantz system) or moving to a streaming system, which might be poorer sonically, but easier to use if I can not only play CDs, but also use to access my entire collection as ripped to my laptop HDD (or a NAS drive)
I like the look of the Marantz M-CR603 and also the Denon CEOL (RCD-N7), both of which are a similar price (would be around Ã‚Â£450 with speakers, as opposed to around Ã‚Â£599 for the non-streaming system mentioned first). They appear very similar, with the only major difference being that the Marantz has to be connected to the network via Ethernet, whereas the Denon has wi-fi. Both are also well reviewed
So. The thing is, I have no experience of streamed music, and thus I'm wondering if anyone here has? The main worry I guess is poor sound quality, or "dropouts" if the network hung. Would I be better to forget the convenience and go for System 1, and enjoy better sound, or would the reality be that - not being an audiophile - I'd not notice any difference and thus that the convenience would be a far better aspect to concentrate on?
I know no-one can answer this for me, but if anyone has been in the same position and fallen on one side or the other, I'd be interested to know how it went!!