I recently had the opportunity to audition a couple of systems (Arcam and NAD) for purchase; I think I'm going to go for the Arcam -- integrated amp and CD player. Just something about the sound I liked better than NAD. There's a big price difference between the CD17 and CD38 (albeit the latter having SACD playback capabilities), so I haven't committed to one over the other, yet. Eventually, down the road, I'll be adding a turntable.
Both NAD and Arcam's were listened to through Epos and Quad speakers. Although both sounded great, I was wondering if there are other brands I should be listening to (auditioning), prior to buying, as well. Are there any brands that would be matched to specifically to Arcam better than others (knowing quite well that this is subjective to each individual's ears)? What should I be looking at (and listening for)?
Due to space limitations, we're looking at bookshelf speakers that would get placed on a cabinet, about 5 feet apart. Music most often listened to: jazz, classical music (orchestration and chamber), progressive rock (instrumental and vocal). Listening levels are moderate.
Thanks in advance.