After many happy years with a small Naim 5i, CD5i and Naim Arriva combo I am ready to upgrade.
Buying a new „chain“/hardware seems like opening Pandoras box to me.
So without wanting to start a long search I thought about upgrading the speakers only first.
Placement of the speakers is critical as the room (ca. 4x6m) does only allow close-to-the-wall placement (< 25cm).
Through recommendations in a German forum I bought Spendor 35/2 (a Spendor clone for Germany only which gets rave reviews), a LS 3/5 a clone, Pro Ac Super Tablette…all of which amazingly sounded absolutely terrible compared to my trusty old Arrivas. Sound with the Spendors etc. was completely dead without any emotions, voices sounded very dull, terrible bass etc. This clearly didnt work.
Would the Naim SBL, Credo, Allae, nSat be a safe upgrade? Other brands? Heard good reviews about Neat Motive 2.
But these cost extra money just because of these good recommendations. Price limit about 800 GBP/800 Euros.
So what else works brilliantly with my little Naim combo old or new?
Would you rather buy good old ones or equally priced newer ones?