Why not give the Jeff Rowland Concentra II a listen?
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I would get the Synergy IIi upgrade and call it a day. You might find something you like better but is it worth it? Is there something you don't like about your current Rowland gear? If so I wouldn't go with the Rowland intergrated, if not why change? I once owned a Synergy II with the battery supply and that was amazing. I put that combo in my "wish I still had it box".
What's wrong with you gear?
The Tenor are amazing but extremely expensive.
Under 10K, I would be ready to put my YBA Integre Passion against pretty much any integrated under 10K on the market... Overall, I beleive it would come out in the top 5 of all integrated on the market...
Then again, I havent't auditionned every integrated on the market but my gut feeling made me buy this unit. I guess it's a question of taste...
Just my opinion and taste.
Thanks for the response. I'm having issues with my wife, that's all. I'm a former tube owner and that was the first compromise I made with her. I was curious if there may be a good way to simplify the system w/o giving up too much, never having experimented with an integrated amp. Actually, the point about the source components is absolutely correct. And that is where my attention will be. I've been looking at a VPI Aries TT, but not sure where to go with a cd player/transport/dac???
Regarding upgrading your TT, please consider a Basis 2001 table / Graham Robin arm / Benz Micro L2 cartridge combination. I know a dealer that will give you a great package deal if you are interested. This setup will absolutely trounce aything near the price.
For CD, I think any of the new Cary models are fantastic. I'd guess that the 308 is likely the best "bang for the buck."
Well, i heard the integre with a meridian front end 588, red rose speakers and nordost interconnects (think it was blue heaven).
let me explain what i mean by dry : the system was flat, aggressive and you just knew it was solid state. There was no bloom or warmth, not even the slightest color.
But this could be due to many factors (units might have been brand new, bad setup / room). I auditioned for 10 mins max as i wasnt there to look at that particular equipment. And im sorry but i cant remember if it was the passion or not. It was about 8 months ago so it probably wasnt the passion.
Badwisdom, I'm guessing that the Meridian output was not matched to the integre's line input sens. Also, I find the Passion a tad warmer than the YBA (with S-Faber speakers), so I'm guessing again that what you heard was the YBA.
Pmavridis: another suggestion that may satisfy you, given your present combo, is the Symphonic Line RG9 or RG10. I have heard these integr. synergise very well with Virgo.