At last…..I have finally achieved my forever system:
Source component with lots of PR&T (check).
Amplifier with valves for richer sound (check).
Point source speakers with better imaging (check).
Basically since my initial system post, I have upgraded the Naim CDP to the ‘si’ version (improved DAC).
Upgraded the amp valves to KT120 from KT88.
Added supertweeters to the Quad speakers, then upgraded them entirely to Tannoy Precision 6.1 standmounts and then again to the Prestige range floorstanding Turnberry’s (no need for a sub anymore).
Upgraded the TT with a digital drive, a better phonostage and also a better MC cartridge.
Moved home twice.
Switched from bi-wiring to single.
Added a vintage Technics ST3500 Tuner circa 1980 then upgraded again to the Meridian 504.
Upgraded any switch mode power supplies to linear ones.
Added a VCSii record cleaner.
Kept hold of the Isotek Isoplug :)
I genuinely cannot see myself fiddling anymore (the only thing that might prompt a new purchase is something breaking with what I currently have).