You can use them through preamp for better result.
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I would second the Ayre.It really is excellent with a wide range of music,if you can get one 2nd hand to help with the cost all the better,with no disrepect to Rbirke in one of the few comparisons I can make it completely wiped the floor with the Ikemi I demoed in my system.
Ideally you should always demo if you can but I think from what I've read about your other components it should work well in your system.
i think that the resolution audio opus 21 destroys the AA prima. i use mine through a pre and can tell *no* difference. (i attribute this to my preamp, tho, which is beyond transparent)
the other nice thing about the opus 21 is that if you use the DIN output (ie a DIN to RCA or XLR), the volume control is bypassed.
don't skip the RA because of the volume control. it's the best out there short of a cd12.
Thanks for all the suggestions including the Ayre which I did not know about - Ayre is located in Boulder, CO which is a plus, though not sure if their manufacturing is also in Boulder.
I know there are literaly hundreds of "which CDP" topics in the archives...my assumption (could be wrong) is that the capacity to bypass the preamp adds substantially to the cost if it is done well, and that I might get very good results with a simpler design combined with a good preamp. Hence the new topic. But it sounds like most people are saying go the more expensive CDP and use it with the preamp.