I would think an amp/and source upgrade would help much.
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I agree with improving the source. Either a DAC or a better CD player. This will provide an amazing improvement. If you go with a DAC, you will need a Digital Cable. I would also suggest replacing your interconnects. Try some used Virtual Dynamic Nites - They have been going for $310 on Audiogon. If you are not happy with the bass, try a subwoofer. This may help take some load off your amp. Another thing to consider is replacing the power chords. Again, the Virtual Dynamics as many others make a big difference. I think you will find that all of a sudden your amp upgrade could wait a while.
Ditto the source and the power cords. Regarding power cords, I just replaced the stock power cord that came with my Musical Fidelity A5 integrated with a 1 meter PS Audio Power Punch ($49.95) and the improvement was SUBSTANTIAL; more bass and eveness of response. Mids are much better, more tube like and warm. What the heck is going on?
I was not a believer that power cords could make a difference. I was one of the world's biggest sceptics in this area, but this made such a huge improvement; even this modest expense was very noticeable and positive. One tweak that must be explored.