Hello jdbsi5, tx for the response. Indeed I wud be keen to consider Meridian but the 818v3 seem to list well above my budget of USD$5k? :-) I think it's in the region of USD$16k?
Tx jdbsi. One of my major objectives of the current upgrade endeavour is to lower the number of components, although I have not been very successful at that. Since my last post, I've already got the PassLab X1 pre-amp and the Oppo 205 BOA UE premium edition. So now I just need a streamer + DAC combo to replace the Meridian CD player and Linn streamer! The hunt goes on!