Poll: What's the better upgrade

My current 2-channel system consists of the following.
Parasound A21 amp
PS Audio PerfectWave MKII/Bridge II
Eastern Electric pre-amp w/Tom Tutay mods
Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL speakers

I'm streaming via dedicated and optimized PC over a wired network that consists of just the PC and PerfectWave, no internet, no wireless enabled.

I've got the opportunity to "upgrade" to the PS Audio DirectStream for an out of pocket price of around $1800 plus my PerfectWave or sell the ML's and add $1800 onto the price I could get for them ($1600 or so ???) for a speaker upgrade.

What do you think the best upgrade path would be?

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2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

Comments

  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,074
    I think the best upgrade path would be for you to send me your A21 to power my 2.3TL's. :p
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,648
    ^^ :D
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,254
    Ha ha...well unfortunately for you the amp is the likeliest to stay in the system :^ )
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    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,254
    I might also ask, is there anything out there under say $2800 or so that would rival the PerfectWave MKII/Bridge II combo.
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    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,254
    edited December 2017
    OK...never mind. I had a killer deal on the DirectStream, and it was now or never, so that's the direction I decided to go for now. I'll deal with the wife later :^ )
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    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • ThortonThorton Posts: 1,023
    What do you feel the ESL's are lacking or your sound is lacking? That's a pretty nice set-up. Room Treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cables!!!!!
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    Source: SONOS Music System, DAC: W4S DAC-2, Pre/Pro: Marantz AV8801, Amp1: W4S MC-5, AMP2: W4S MMC-7, Front: Salk SoundScape 8's, Center: Salk SoundScape C7, Surround: Polk FXIA6, Surround Back: Polk RTIA9, Subs: 2 - Rythmik F25's, IC & Speaker Cables: Signal Cable, Room Treatments: GIK Acoustics
  • delkaldelkal Posts: 78
    Thorton wrote: »
    What do you feel the ESL's are lacking or your sound is lacking? That's a pretty nice set-up. Room Treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cables!!!!!

    Q-tips? Awesome system but just about everyone here knows the disease.
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,254
    delkal wrote: »
    Thorton wrote: »
    What do you feel the ESL's are lacking or your sound is lacking? That's a pretty nice set-up. Room Treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cables!!!!!

    Q-tips? Awesome system but just about everyone here knows the disease.

    Yes...I should add that I'm a senior citizen with Q-Tip damage to the ear drums and extreme high frequency hearing loss in both ears, in addition to an abnormal low-frequency hearing loss in one ear :^ /
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • machonemachone Posts: 857
    Thorton wrote: »
    What do you feel the ESL's are lacking or your sound is lacking? That's a pretty nice set-up. Room Treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cables!!!!!

    Room treatments did wonders for my system.
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-110 Preamp + (Musical Concepts LXII Elite Mod) >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,254
    Well I have been salivating (that's the GP version) for a DirectStream but thought I'd never be able to afford one, but I got a ridiculously good deal on one so I went for it. It's even got the Bridge II and for less than 4G's. If I sell my PerfectWave MKII/Bridge II and my 2 guitars, which I never play anymore anyway, I can break even on this deal. I am so freakin' stoked :^ ) (do they say that anymore?)
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,900
    Given the level of your equipment already, I would look to different speakers for a change of pace.
    Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero/8TC; DH Labs D-75 | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,380
    I would've said speakers. Good luck w/ the directstream
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) >
    PS Audio Perfectwave MKII Dac
    Rogue Audio Metis
    McCormack DNA 0.5 Rev B
    Harbeth C7 ES3

    Cables: MIT Shotgun S1 IC and SC
    Rotation: Polk LSIM 705 [ Polk SDA 1C & Monitor 7 (both Westmassguy-modded)]

    Second Rig:
    HTPC (J.River)
    MF V-Link
    Adcom GDA 600
    Cayin TA 30 (buzzy-bee mods)R
    Monitor 5 (Westmassguy-modded)


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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,041
    dragon1952 wrote: »
    Well I have been salivating (that's the GP version) for a DirectStream but thought I'd never be able to afford one, but I got a ridiculously good deal on one so I went for it. It's even got the Bridge II and for less than 4G's. If I sell my PerfectWave MKII/Bridge II and my 2 guitars, which I never play anymore anyway, I can break even on this deal. I am so freakin' stoked :^ ) (do they say that anymore?)

    Could be a micro-aggression pal, but congrats anyway. Let us know your thoughts when you get your seat warmed up.
    ERA D-5
    B&K 1403
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    SVS SB-2000 SUB
    Sony 4k bdp
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
    Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,254
    Holy schkemoly.....this Directstream kicks butt. If you've compared different components in your systems over the years like I have, going on something like 26 years now for me, you have the ones that bring a smile to your face, then you might have one that in addition makes you tap your feet, and then ones that makes you smile, tap your feet and nod your head at the same time, and then you have something like this that makes you literally dance in your chair. For those that can't comprehend that, some of us are too old to get up and dance so imagine doing something comparable while sitting in a chair. That's what this does. And I don't even have it set up optimally yet. I am just astounded so far.
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream/Bridge II hardwired to networked music server, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 2 and 4 and Pangea AC14SE MKII power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,754
    edited January 11
    dragon1952 wrote: »
    Holy schkemoly.....this Directstream kicks butt. If you've compared different components in your systems over the years like I have, going on something like 26 years now for me, you have the ones that bring a smile to your face, then you might have one that in addition makes you tap your feet, and then ones that makes you smile, tap your feet and nod your head at the same time, and then you have something like this that makes you literally dance in your chair. For those that can't comprehend that, some of us are too old to get up and dance so imagine doing something comparable while sitting in a chair. That's what this does. And I don't even have it set up optimally yet. I am just astounded so far.

    Now that there is the NIRVANA I'm on a journey to experience! B)

    I've made it up to the last step so far. B)

    One more to go.

    Maybe 2 steps to go. I need to get up and dance like my wife does dammit! :D
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
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