I recently purchased my first entertainment system. Prior to that, I had a 27 inch CRT and would occassionally listen to music on my laptop. I walked into a chain store that starts with a B and ended up with a pioneer pro141fd, and a definitive tech mythos ST based 9 channel DSX setup with a denon 4810ci. I bought what looked and sounded good to me at the time, and DSX seemed like fun. I got an oppo bdp-83 online, based upon a friend's recommendation. I intended to use the system almost exclusively for home theater, but much to my surprise, I've spent most of my time listening to music. I find myself sitting alone, listening to a CD and doing absolutely nothing else. I've never done that before. Ever.
Over the past couple of months read magazines and websites (including TAS and avguide.com), and visited a few high end stores. (I've tried to avoid catastrophically expensive systems ever since hearing a wilson setup in a beautiful room that sounded ridiculously wonderful. I don't want to get too tempted).
In retrospect, I would have made different choices. I'm quite pleased with the pioneer kuro and I'm glad I chose it over the samsung that was recommended to me. Even after hearing several different speakers, I'm also still quite happy with my mythos ST's for the price. I would have forgone the denon and DSX, though. I like DSX overall. Occassionally it can sound indistinct or odd, but I've had several "wow, that's cool" moments that have been really entertaining. However, I do think the money would have been better spent elsewhere, and I find the denon to be lacking in sound quality after hearing better gear, but what's done is done.
I've decided to improve my 2 channel listening experience. I ordered a few acoustic treatments online. Unfortunately, I've been unable to find anyone with a mythos ST hooked up to nicer separates (the ST's did sound noticeably better to me with an arcam avr600 as well as with a marantz av8003/mm8003). I was initially planning on getting a naim 5i or simaudio integrated or possibly a cayin. However, after speaking with Klaus at odyssey audio, I ordered a khartago stereo amp, sound unheard (great guy, Klaus). Now I'm stuck. For source, i was thinking about doing the nuforce oppo BDP-83 upgrade for 800 dollars based upon initial bdp-83 SE reviews, rather than getting a separate DAC (at least for now). Is that wise? I also need a preamp with HT bypass. I'm thinking about some kind of nice entry level tube but solid state would be fine, too. the khartago's have an input impedance of 22K and the mythos ST's are so sensitive; are most tube preamp output impedances too high? Is the arc sp17 a good fit? Would even entry level arc be wasted on the mythos st's and/or khartago's? can newbie me change out the tubes, or is it better to pay someone to do it? (a few tube manuals say that I can kill myself sticking my fingers into the wrong place and even if i lived, it might void the warranty). My room is about 15 x 26 with vaulted 12 foot ceilings. i've been listening to a little bit of everything so far.
Sorry about the long email, but I would so appreciate whatever help anyone can offer.