I’m hoping I could get some feedback and thoughts on what I am hoping will be a long-lasting upgrade to my streaming system - at least another few years without getting antsy about the sound and FOMO with new tech.
I’m currently using a spaghetti setup with several boxes and cables and my intent is to cut the clutter down to the least amount of boxes for the absolute best sound.
Current setup is a 2012 standard Mac Mini as Roon Core, with Oppo 205 running as the streamer, sending digital coax out to a Marantz ND8006. I am happy with the SQ overall but I know I can do better, and I do want to get rid of a few things here.
My hifi system is a vintage Luxman CL40 preamp to a PrimaLuna ProLogue 4 amp from the fixed RCA outs of the Marantz, and running the variable (at 100 volume) RCAs out to my Anthem MRX 720 to utilize my subwoofer and room correction for bass management. Speakers are La Scala IIs.
So my preferred sound overall favors the analog tube sound - transparent and dimensional, “live” sounding with a deep sound stage and expansive stereo placement. Not so much “studio,” analytical, etc.
I have a small FLAC collection (~600 files) on SSD and use Tidal and Roon to manage the combined collection/playlists/transport, etc.
Right now my plan is to ditch the Marantz, Oppo, and Mac Mini and pick up a Roon Nucleus and Lumin T1. I would run the Nucleus as the Core and keep my small FLAC collection there, and use the ethernet connection to stream from the Lumin T1.
I believe this will allow me to run unbalanced outs to the Luxman pre, and send a digital signal to the Anthem to run my sub/bass eq, etc. It will also eliminate the pain in the ass of having a headless Mac Mini.
I believe there may be cheaper alternatives to this, but my research points to this being the best value for both convenience and sound quality.
Is there anything else I should be considering around this same budget?