Help me upgrade my beginner system!

So I’ve been an entry-level audiophile for a while - I’ve never spent a large amount of money to put together a truly impressive system. Currently, I have the following gear:

- Elac Discovery Music Server
- Technics SL-1700 Turntable w/Pickering XSV300 cartridge
- Peachtree Nova 300 Integrated Amp
- GoldenEar BRX Bookshelf speakers
- NHT SW2P Subwoofer (w/MA-1 amp)

I also have a bunch of gear I inherited from my brother (all from the 1990s) that I will be trading in to a local stereo shop. That’s where I need help. What should I add/replace to improve on my setup? I’m not sure what I’ll get for the traded-in gear, but I suspect I’ll be able to purchase around $2 - $2.5K in new gear.

I’m personally leaning towards a DAC to improve upon the one built into the Peachtree, and maybe a good power conditioner (although I’m currently using my brother’s old Tice Elite AC Conditioner). I’m very hesitant to replace the Elac Discovery because it comes with Roon and works with both Tidal and Qobuz. Anyway, would love to get your thoughts on this!


@yogiboy and @elliottbnewcombjr, I actually sent away to have my stylus analyzed under a high-powered microscope. The result was that it’s like new (<100 hours on it)!!

look at a unison research due integrated amp. with dac

it is a 180 watt hybrid amp it sounds amazing with the brx we used to sell the brxs we are a Peachtre dealeras well


Dave and Troy

Audio intellect nj

peachtree and unison dealers

previou golden esr dealers

Mahler123 said:

"...I wouldn’t blow any of it on a Power Conditioner. That is a frill component that if it does anything will enhance the last .05% of performance from a mega bucks system. I would look at the speakers as the biggest bang for the Buck"

Bearing in mind most on here have forgotten more than I’ll ever know about high end audio, I agree with the above said.

A. I have what I consider an old mid-level system. Adjusted for inflation, everything would run you about 17 grand nowadays. With such a system I’m not much of a believer in a power conditioner. BUT... I am a FIRM believer in using a battery backup/surge protector. APC Back-UPS to be precise. The exact model you want will depend on how much power everything draws. This protects against power surges, power drops and power outages. All of that prolongs the life of just about anything plugged into it. Examples: My 22 year old cathode ray TV still works like brand new. It gets watched every weekend. All of my 33 year old stereo equipment still all works  too. Yes, a few capacitors have been replaced but not much you can do to avoid that.

B. Speakers. Yeah, get the best you can afford. That and a clean amp/preamp will do you the most good.

I don't know your budget, but you will be very happy with, if not forever, with a Sugden class A and a pair of Tannoys...yes, I'm a broken record. 

Get some speakers. I’ve had the Nova 300 and it works great. And do the subwoofers in stereo.