After testing and auditioning new speakers, as i thought they were my weak point (they are ONE, just not the worst), i've decided that i need to do something so i can take advantage of the SPDIF output on my cd player. The analog outputs sound like crap. I've tested cables, to no noticeable worthwhile improvement.
The real nail in the coffin is that if i run the same CD player to my Pioneer VXS-50 using the SPDIF to my Paradigm Titans and a Mirage Omni S8, it sounds almost twice as good as running that cd player via interconnects to the Adcom/Onkyo/Esprit/RW-10D setup. This shouldn't happen.
The sound i get from my Sansui tuna through the same setup sounds better at times.
The mediocre analog signal from this cd player seems to be documented in numerous places online.
So i've come to the conclusion that i need one or more of the below, keeping a fairly low budget:
2) Preamp w/ SPDIF input
3) New cd player
I'd like to stay away from option 3, as i LOVE the cd player using the optical output, and it makes for a dandy bedroom dvd player as well.
Let's set a budget of $300 or below. What should i be looking at for options 1 or 2? Which option should i go with? I'd be inclined to think option 1, as it will carry over to new systems i may put together in the future, and i have no HUGE complaints with my preamp. (Other than no remote, no sub out, and no optical input.) Come to think of it, that doesn't sound too good, does it? :p
Any help is much appreciated. :D