Hi KB may I ask what's in your 20 year old system? Newer can be better but not always and you can add streaming functionality to any analog system.
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The old system is a NAD T 752 that, having died, been repaired, has now finally died again. I never used it as a home theater systems, just as a 2 channel.
My speakers, which are still quite nice, are Klipsch R-5s.
I've spend many of the last years not listening to much music at all, but have started again recently using a RX-V681 AV receiver that I got as a retirement gift. It never sounded anywhere near as good as the NAD ;-) did.
I've tried a Marantz PM7000n and a Blusound Powernode 2i, but returned both...didn't like the sound of either, especially the Blusound, which sounded thin and weak, even compared to the PM7000N.
For now, I'll keep the R-5s and plan to upgrade them to La Scalas or Klipschorns, which I have always loved listening to, after I complete a move to another state within a year or so.
I just spent a long time listening to the McIntosh MA352, and really like the sound.
So your 20 year old system is kaput got it. If you like the MA352 it looks like a solid choice. As far as streaming goes the NAD may sound better than the Node2i but you're also paying for a lot of functionality you don't need. It does look like the NAD has a fixed line out that bypasses the volume control so that would work fine into your integrated. However since your up to around $1650 for the NAD a Bluesound Node2i with a good external Dac might sound just as good if not better.
Not to crazy about MQA. Switched to Qobuz HiRes. I am still using Node 2i; it sports a good DAC. MF M6si is my new, and great, integrated amp. Considering upgrade of the DAC to RME ADI-2 DAC -- I am not even sure it will be that much better. It is not that easy to improve on the DAC these days because they are all very good and therefore similar.
We both like the MC352. Suggest you immediately scrap the NAD preamp and move up, up, and away from similar products. For example, there are plenty of Mac preamps out there (new or used) that will be way better with the Mac amp you’ve got. Add whatever Digital or Analog that you like, but this way you’ll have a nice foundation. Good luck.
+1 On the Lumin T2 with it’s built in DAC. Maybe pair that with a PrimLuna Integrated. Simple, done and well with in budget. All new stuff may be a good way to go? Easy and less stuff.
If tubes not for you then maybe a Hegel integrated amplifier, Peachtree or even Schiit (yes real name).
Still with in budget you could add an external power supply for the Lumin called the Sbooster.
Mytek Brooklyn Streamer w/Dac also good. Prefer Lumin T2.
Oh, right, I am an early adopter of MQA and honestly don't care for it. It's not worth it to me, so keep that in mind while purchasing. The best modern DAC's play Redbook (CDs) much better than 15 y ears ago. That means high res may not be as big a deal for you anymore. Your mileage and personal tastes may vary.