Originally Posted by realmassy
Totally agree. We tend to underestimate the importance of a quality source.
A quality amp will sound rubbish fed by a bad source: I'm currently waiting to buy a balanced Audio-GD dac and I just sold my decent Little Dac_I, so basically I'm listening to the Roc connected to the RCA output of the squeezebox.
The sound is totally crap! Actually my cheap Rega Ear sounds better then the Roc when connected to that source, as it probably "hides" some of the flaws :-)
You know it's funny, back before the advent of digital the mantra "source is king" was the commonly held belief among audio engineers (I hung out/worked with) and the audiophile community. There was no question that a top quality source was the way to build a quality system. Along comes digital (in '82) and this axiom got filed (foolishly IMO) with the LP and TT on top of the scrap heap of old Tech...only those that knew better stuck with the tried and true until digital ironed out the many issues it had (with first gen chip sets and the like).
Source being King is just as true today as ever (IMO of course). Hell look at turntables and cartridges/phono stages today......the quality and variety of analog gear available today has never been better. Even the entry level stuff is really good compared to the 70's & 80's. If anything I think the veritable explosion of the high end (DACs, transports, turntables, cartridges etc) in the past 20 years has only reinforced that mantra. Anyway I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir on this one sk3383
I think you are wise to hang onto what you have right now. The P-2 is a very good little preamp and it should help make your system more versatile. I'd look for a used amp (or borrow one if possible) as a temp measure to gauge how you like the new gear with your passive speakers vs the powered monitors. The monitors may not be the perfect vehicle for enjoying music but I understand you need them as tools for their primary purpose. That being said a dual personality/use system is pretty easy to setup.
I bet you get a surprise from those Missions