Naim Supernait much better than the Audiolab.
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You see, that was exactly my point. Used Rowland goes for about $2500. Why would I want to spend $1500 or so for something lesser instead of waiting for a while?
Also, I heard that Naim sounds too forward, don't know about that Australian stuff. I don't like Krell sound except for very old Krells, the same with Levinsons.
Zoya, I listen mostly to jazz/rock fusion and what can be very generally called world music including tribal/ambient. I appreciate dynamics,low distortion, clarity and power of the sound but also certain sophistication of it.If I could I would get LAMM or Rowland separates. $2000 used doesn't buy much; besides I would need a really good interconnect and another power cord which would be at least $500-$750 more. So Rowland or Gryphon integrated seem like a logical upgrade. And after that, yes, separates.
Sorry, should have elaborated more.... I have owned Mac Seperates (solid-state), Sunfire Seperates, Rotel and Arcam, and NAD Integrateds. The Bryston was the most balanced, best sounding unit to my ears. It has warmth, detail, great bass control... I paired it with B&W and MB Quardt speakers with great success. The only reason I sold it was to try out tubes. (which I am currently hooked on)
I had an 8000LX and it was a pretty decent budget offering. I loved it for the time I had it and ran it with Mourdant Short and Dynaudio speakers. When it came time to upgrade it was quickly shown up as somewhat gray and limp compared to other more costly options. Amoungst others I tried the Q/M combo (the later silver versions) which injected life and drive, great rockers if lacking in transparency and finesse and finally settled on Musical Fidelity. The A5 intergrated was a little recessed in the midrange, a little soft but still a big step on from the 8000LX and I settled on an A5 pre/pwr combo which I thought a fabulous combo for the money particularly when bought ex-dem from a dealer. I'm sure many of the amps mentioned would show the Audiolab a very clean pair of heels but if you're still enjoying it why worry, just keep on enjoying.
Well, I doubt that many use this Audiolab with $500 power cord, $800 interconnects and $1600 speaker cables. If not, they have no idea of how much performance you can extract from it. But..I think I got out of it everything or almost everything it is capable of.
I decided to get Rowland integrated or older separates when I can afford them. In the meantime I'll try to fine tune the analog fron end. Actually the system doesn't sound too bad at all.
Thank you everyone for your posts.