I think you have a very nice system. If it sounds good, why screw with it? Spend your money on music...
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As a former Trivista DAC owner, I can say confidently that as ZD suggests your digital front end can be greatly improved upon at resonable cost. No area in audio has made such strides since the time of your gear. Computer audio, etc is another whole conversation, but a good dac will be a very noticeable improvement and doesn't have to cost you much at all.
Your overall question is tough to answer because you haven't told us what you feel your your rig is lacking or that you prefer in some other that you've heard. In other words, what do you hope an amp change will do sonically?
The pairing of amp and speaker is always critical and the speakers usually have the greatest overall impact on the final result. I have to go against the grain here and ask have you considered upgrading the speakers instead? Depending on what you seek, that might be the best way to get closer to your goal. Your amp will drive many speaker options, and there are plenty that will get you closer to your nirvana than the Sophias, regardless of personal preferences.
Also, your budget would help everyone zero in on more meaningful advice. Sure the Momentum sounded awesome when I heard it, but I don't think at $45k it would make sense to suggest in the context of your system. Cheers,
Thanks Jasonsim and Spencer. I appreciate the suggestions. Actually, I have changed to a Musical Fidelity NuVista 800 amp, and I am awaiting the arrival of Wilson Sashas next month. The NuVista is fantastic!! As for the DAC, that is intriguing. Spencer, as a former TriVista owner, what would you suggest as a replacement for someone who really loves that piece?
Arsh, it seems like there are ten new DACs coming out every month. IMHO, they depreciate like computers(i.e. fast!) more than other audio gear, so value percent of original price ties very much to age. Improvements in processors etc. keep bringing costs down (aka performance up).
My personal preference is to shy away from new or 1-product companies so that eliminates a boatload of good sounding but IMO riskier choices. That being said in more or less cost order my recommended DACs at various price points include:
Oppo 105 and Oppo 105D
Also, congrats on your Sashas; they are a huge improvement from the Sophias and the first Wilsons that I think I could be happy with. Cheers,
Bostonbean and Mapman,
The NuVista does have tubes (Nuvistors). It's a hybrid tubed pre/solid state power amp. All was pretty good before, with my KW500 (also a hybrid but different tubes and technology)--but even better now with the NuVista. Still very dynamic and powerful, but lower noise, higher resolution, smoother overall , more refined top end and even better bass. And it is beautifully made, a pleasure to use. Should go nicely with the Sashas, and does great with my Sophias too.