Hi Earl! Thank you very much for your input - I appreciate it a lot!
Good to hear that you consider it to be serviceable in the future.
So I guess I will start to tinker with the other components as you have recommended.
I will start with the pre-amp and cd player as I am anyway thinking of something like a pre-amp + dac - audiolab m-dac comes to my mind as I have a Cyrus CD 8x and an Arcam Alpha 7 se as a transport anyay plus it will provide me the possibility to use my laptop and other stuff in the future more flexible.
Next, I will be looking for smooth loudspeakers - bringing me back to SSM and this thread.
So, thanks a lot from Austria!
PS: Nevertheless, I am still interested to hear the opinion about the QUAD 909.