What type of cables are you using?? Have you upgraded your power cables yet?? Sometimes, an upgrade in cables can be almost as good as a component upgrade, IMO.
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You should mention what about your system you would like to improve on... what do you like about the system. What would you like to improve.. bass response, accuracy, depth, soundstage... vocals, higs anything... You have nice gear..
The Aragon is one of my favorites, as most people in the threads know...The Theta is a nice player.. And if you are a B&W fan...then I would suggest trying a nice tube preamp, something by Audio Research or BAT... It will smooth out the system and add warmth to the speakers.. take off some of the brightness of the b and w's. Cables, definately. Go for some nice interconnects and speaker wires and definately pc's make sure that you create some synergy in the system... I happen to like Mit and Transparent for Interconnects... Alpha Core is another favorite, and very inexpensive relatively speaking.. Powercords, well I am partial to my own brand, considering I own Custom Audio... however, there are lots of upgrade paths.. But without knowing what is ailing you, I can only suggest options not solutions!!
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It's always fun to upgrade. Cables are definitely an avenue to persue. I would consider going with a preamp first however. I have seen one right here on AudiogoN that might just be a great buy. Take a look at this option...
PREAMPLIFIER OPTION - Audcom AP-110
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Thanks for the ideas so far. I forgot say that the Theta Miles is the balanced version & that I'm using it via. bal. interconnects.So the preamp would have to be balanced. I had Tara labs & MIT and seem to like these the best.
I would like the imaging to become more precise and be able to point out the diffence between instruments better.
Gretchen: I suggest you get the most out of yr PRESENT system before changing active components.
1) Give aftermarket pc's a try on your system. Larger gauge rather than smaller... Check out the sound.
2) Then review speaker positioning (if you haven't already) & tweak equipment support. Check results again.
3)Then try the best cables you can get on loan. Do a final check on the sound.
Then determine what's missing & if it's related to active h/ware. Cheers!
I would definitely replace the Miles and if necessary add a preamp. There are some good CD players that will work amp-direct in lieu of the Miles but there are also many good choices that are only line level. Either way you will definitely improve the performance of your system by upgrading your CD player. The Miles never was one of my favorite players, and digital has come a long way since that model was released.
I used to own a Miles and I liked it a lot. I would also recommend upgrading your power and cables. For interconnects and speaker cables, I recommend trying Harmonic Technology, which I have had good luck with. The last thing I would do is buy a preamp. I also run my CDP directly to my amp and have found that choosing your amp in this configuration is critical. If you get to the point where you are going to buy a preamp, just think of the amp you could upgrade to with that money!
I have used an Aragon 8002 for years and has been extremely happy with it. But, eventhough the 8008 is the more expensive amp, the 8002 is more balanced and musical. What I mean is, the 8008 is boomier in the lows and sharper in the highs.
The BnW 802 can sure benefit from the extra oomph the 8008 provides, but its metal dome tweeter can do without the sharper highs. This is probably why you prefer the Monster Sigma being they are mellower sounding cables.
You probably want to get a new amp and powercord for the amp and especially for the cd player.