I am new here and I have a classical upgrade dilemma. Any help would be great !
I have the following set up:
- Focal Chorus 714S (entry level Focal floorstanding speakers)
- Teac receiver AG-H500
- Bluesound Node 2i for streaming, mainly lossless files on my NAS.
The Focal’s and the Teac are 16 and 20 years old, respectively. I feel that the top end of the spectra is somewhat aggressive, especially with not-so-good recordings. Also, I like to add a little bass with the tone control of the receiver. I listen to all kind of music, with a focus on classical music, usually at moderate levels. Still I get quite rapidly listening fatigue, when using my system and less so when using my headphones (Sennheiser HD560S). I also feel that I hear more details and timbre precision with the headphones. That’s said I like the sound of my system. I actually prefer it to some more expensive system that I heard, tough none were really high end. Now, I realize with my recent upgrades (the Bluesound and the Sennheiser) that I could probably get a much better sound, hence I want more !
So, my question is where to start ? I cannot do much with my 10x12 ft room. I tried to move the speakers without much improvement. Removing the grids improves slightly timbres and open up a little the sound, but the top end is still not really relaxed.
As I am kind of new to HiFi, I have been reading articles and listening to a lot of videos (Paul’s obviously) and it seems that there is no obvious answer. I cannot justify a huge budget and change everything right now, but I am ready to put 3-4k USD in total over a few years to improve the system little by little. According to Paul, I should probably start with the speakers, but Focal is thought to be a good brand and I wonder if the receiver is not the limiting factor in my particular case.
So: speaker first ? Or maybe should I start with a Sprout, or a product from Cambridge Audio (CXA61/81), Rega (Brio), Audiolab (6000N) or Schiit (Ragnarok) ? Or add a subwoofer ? Or a bit of everything ?
I am looking forward for your advices. Thanks in advance for your answers to my naïve questions. Sorry for the long text, and for my mediocre English, it is not my first language .