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 DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

Comments

  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,603
    I think the best upgrade path would be for you to send me your A21 to power my 2.3TL's. :p
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 2,017
    ^^ :D
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,375
    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 DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,375
    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 DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,375
    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 DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • ThortonThorton Posts: 1,128
    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 - W4S Mod, DAC: W4S DAC-2
    Pre/Pro: Marantz AV8805
    Amp1: W4S MC-5, AMP2: W4S MMC-7
    Front: Salk SoundScape 8's, Center: Salk SoundScape C7
    Surround: Polk FXIA6, Surround Back: Polk RTIA9, Atmos: Polk 70-RT
    Subs: 2 - Rythmik F25's
    IC & Speaker Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, Signal Cable
    Power Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, PS Audio
    Room Treatments: GIK Acoustics
  • delkaldelkal Posts: 343
    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: 4,375
    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 :^ /
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    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • machonemachone Posts: 1,018
    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 24 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Marantz SA 8005
    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: 4,375
    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?)
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    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,414
    Given the level of your equipment already, I would look to different speakers for a change of pace.
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
    I would've said speakers. Good luck w/ the directstream
    Main Rig:
    HTPC (J River) > PS Audio Directstream Jr.>deHavilland Ultraverve 3 >Belles Reference 150a
    Harbeth C7 ES3


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


  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,156
    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.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,375
    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 DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,480
    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 EXPERIENCE them.
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