Getting the 802 would definitely be your best choice but then your 275 would also need to be upgraded to at least the 402 or 501. Why would you drop 8-10K on a preamp when your amp or speakers are not in that range?
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I guess I am thinking of upgrading in stages. First the preamp, then speaker then amp.
I think I definitely need a preamp, so I guess I will upgrade to a cheaper preamp, then the speakers then the amp.
In that case maybe a ML 380s or something in that price range, since they pair better with non-ML amps.
what is it you don't like about your Meridian 861? I guess many people use it for Home theater; instead of two channel; but if its the v4.2; its internal dacs are quite good. I'd vote for the bigger speakers and amps...your current speakers don't need a bigger amp at present...what are you using as sources?
This is my current setup.
Front Speaker: Epic CF-4 (Klipsch),
Centre Speaker: KT LCR (Klipsch),
Surr Back Speaker: KG 3.5 (Klipsch),
Surr Side Speaker: RS-52 (Klipsch),
Sub Woofer: SW-15 (Klipsch),
Pre Amp: MC-8b (Lexicon),
Power Amp: MC-207 (McIntosh)
BD: LX71 (Pioneer)
Pre Amp: Meridian 861 V4,
CD: Merdian 800 v3 (using MHR), .
Power Amp: MC275,
Speakers: B&W 805S
I am thinking of moving the Merdian 861 to my HT setup, that's why I am considering getting a 2ch pre.
Right now I am considering:
1. ML 39 (upgraded to 390S) - if I get this then I will also move the 800 to my HT system
2. ML 380S pairing it with the Meridian 800.