Upgrade path suggestions

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Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by thebhoyricky » Tue May 07, 2019 11:58 am

Hi all,

was wondering if I could gain some assistance from your collective knowledge on the most logical NVA upgrade path.

I have an NVA AP30 amp I purchased in the late 80's which has stead me in good stead all these years and still love.

I now mainly listen to music via online streaming services via my Audiolab M-Dac Mk1 and have recently upgraded all connections to SSP and wondered which path would further enhance my listening pleasure in order of best musical gain to cost ratio.

Please be patient with me as I'm new to this forum stuff but your views,suggestions and opinions would be gratefully received.
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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by Latteman » Tue May 07, 2019 12:35 pm

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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by guydarryl » Tue May 07, 2019 12:52 pm

I was surprised with the improvements gained by changing from LS2 to LS5 speaker cable - and I was a bit sceptical about cable effects.
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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by savvypaul » Tue May 07, 2019 1:08 pm

Try a BMU - could be an ear opener depending on the quality of your mains.

LS6 speaker cables are superb, imo.
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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by Fretless » Tue May 07, 2019 1:11 pm

I also have an 80's metal-case NVA pre/power amp which is still going strong. However I was seriously impressed by the sonic improvements gained by renewing the set to P50sa and Mk2 A40 monoblocks.

Cable upgrades are also a must with NVA, but a newer version amp will help.
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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by thebhoyricky » Tue May 07, 2019 4:15 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone.
Roksan Xerxes, Arcam CD73, NVA A40,NVA AP30,NVA P90sa, NVA Cube3, Audiolab M-Dac Mk1, Raspberry Pi Mk3b+ & Allo Digione, Acoustics EB1, SSP'S & SSC, LS5 & LS1 & Audioquest Cinnamon USB & Jitterbug, Partington Super Dreadnought,German Maestro GMP 8.300D

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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by 2011stockdg » Tue May 07, 2019 8:59 pm

Cables! Huge improvements as you go up the range. Interconnects first then speaker cable. Keep the old stuff handy and go back to it after a week or so. You'll be shocked

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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by OrangeFixie » Tue May 07, 2019 10:10 pm

I recently replaced my LS1 with some secondhand LS5. Everything sounds so musical now and I didn't think it wasn't before!

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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by wallace47 » Mon May 13, 2019 2:16 pm

OrangeFixie wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 10:10 pm
I recently replaced my LS1 with some secondhand LS5. Everything sounds so musical now and I didn't think it wasn't before!
Very good advice for a start,it made quite a difference for me...
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Re: Upgrade path suggestions

Unread post by Lindsayt » Mon May 13, 2019 6:49 pm

Any chance of you giving a serious trial to speakers that aren't tiny budget 2 way ported speakers?

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