Yup, jason, it was worth the pennies!
I have actually made a a major change in my system as of this weekend. The Marantz products have been p/x:ed for a new frontend, with digital AND analog source switching and of volume control?
The new front end is delivering the sweetest sounds i have ever heard in my environment! Analog, detailed, grainless ,powerful and smooth, all in one package! The dynamics are magnificent and somehow i understand more when people say that digital does sound very differently, from various sources.
Alright, of course there are differences, i know and hear them too.
But differences between digital sources are in my world relatively small, when compared to analog source components such as turntables, pickups etc.
So once more a simplification has happened in my setup, the Marantz Pre and Network Player has been replaced by a Bladelius Embla DL Classic.
This is a file player and DAC that also have an excellent preamp with analog connection possibilites. Files are played from UPnP source or an USB Mass Storage device such as an external hard drive.
And it does sound absolutely magnificent!
Will post some further info and pics later! Now, back to playing music!