I own the Marantz SA-10 - excellent gear. I do find it sounds a bit better as a disc spinner than a streamer, but my source is a Bluesound Node 2i over coax with a modified power supply. Good but not the best - a better streamer may be better.
2 for 1 or the PS Audio upgrade route?
Current owner of the PS Audio DMP and Directstream MK1. An upgrade is in order. Would like to go to a single box yet am having difficulty selecting a unit that will be serviceable in the future and Superior in sound. In consideration is an Accuphase DP-720 or 750. Accuphase is of course “affordable” everywhere But the USA. Also in consideration is a Marantz SA-10. Both of these units appear to be winners. But the PS Audio gear is solid and an easy upgrade path. What is the consensus here? Switch to a single box, which would be just Super or go the PS Audio upgrade route. No complaints on the PS Audio sound, it is simply time for the New Thing.
Choosing between upgrading to a single box solution or going for the PS Audio upgrade path ultimately depends on your personal preferences and priorities. Here are some factors to consider:
Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your personal preferences and priorities. It’s important to listen to both options if possible, and consider factors such as sound quality, future serviceability, upgrade path, and price.
@jamesgoff writes a pretty comprehensive post above. I will therefore address a peripheral issue. The OP seems determined to be a 1 box solution. Do SACDs and Blu Ray figure in the equation here?
If you're looking to upgrade from your PS Audio DMP and Directstream MK1 to a single box solution, there are a few options to consider. The Accuphase DP-720 or 750 and the Marantz SA-10 are both solid choices with excellent sound quality.
The Accuphase units are known for their high build quality and reliability, although they may be more expensive in the USA. The Marantz SA-10 is also a well-regarded unit with excellent sound quality and a more affordable price point.
Ultimately, the decision between upgrading to a single box solution or sticking with the PS Audio gear and upgrading over time will depend on your personal preferences and budget. If you're happy with the sound of your PS Audio gear and appreciate the ease of upgrading over time, then sticking with the PS Audio upgrade path may be the better option. However, if you're looking for a single box solution with superior sound quality, then the Accuphase or Marantz units could be the way to go.