Think we take it all deadly seriously. Have a long discussion in exhibitors rooms while music is playing. Go outside for a natter. And dont touch what you cant afford!
Come along on the Saturday. There's a big telly for the rugby and a bar...just for starters.
Bring your own music. Ask questions. Talk to exhibitors. Wear comfy shoes. Expect to get lost in the rabbit warren of rooms. Pencil in "must see" rooms. Lend a hand loading/unloading. And when the time comes...put your name down for 2018.
welcome , loads of new quad gear available now and vfm . but as mentined yours seems fine so speakers upgrade might be way to go . so much choice , are you near any dealers to demo . ? kef still makes some good sounds as does spendor , harbeth and so many others . exciting . if you can make it to scalford show then as mentioned you will learn so much for yourself
The AA amp is self bias-ing so its a straight swap.
Sonic differences are not all to do with the watts they put out. The KT88's are early 1970's GEC, made in Blackburn (IMS) so they're ideal for acoustic/classical.
The 90's are a good all rounder, having said that, they are getting rare = expensive.
Just finished the resurrection of my 30 year old Linn Axis/Akito, owned since new. New Hercules PSU courtesy of Stamford Audio, Linn Adikt cartridge, Black Rhodium Libra mains lead and Rothwell Rialto phono stage.
It's never sounded as sweet in 30 years. Very happy bunny.
Welcome to the 'Wam, and what a nice system in 1989.
In my view, the 44 and 606 are still as good as anything made today. As you've had them services only a few years ago, unless you actually need any other facilities, like remote control, I'd carry on with those.
As to the loudspeakers, the 104.2 were, and still are, very good indeed, so if they need refoaming, that can be done. It's a DIY job if you're comfortable doing that sort of thing or if not, the drivers can be removed and sent for refoaming. Ultimately, you could take the loudspeakers to a repair facility and let them do the lot. If you want a change, you could look at KEF's current offerings, or something different like ATC, PMC or Harbeth.
I agree there's probably not much point in a new CD player, I hardly ever use mine, as I stream everything off a Squeezebox Touch, but your Mac Mini will do much the same.
About the only thing I would upgrade is the cartridge in the turntable. Whilst the AT95 is excellent value, it's not the most refined of cartridges, and I think you'd do better with something with a better stylus profile, either AT, or perhaps Ortofon without going to any of the boutique manufacturers.
You'll get lots of advice here, most of it contradictory, but hey-ho! If it's within your travelling distances, you should try and get to Scalford, and see just what's available these days, and talk to others with perhaps a different perspective.