The Yamaha units seem rather bland and flat with their "Natural Sound". Or am I crazy? Or, are the Cerwin Vega D-8's an issue?Your CV are great speakers for parties, if you looking for more warmth and refined sound, my suggestion is upgrade the speakers first.
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A good tube integrated like the Raven is the sweet spot and awfully hard to beat without spending a huge amount more. https://www.ravenaudio.com/product/osprey-mk3/ If you have the budget for it then https://www.ravenaudio.com/product/reflection-mk2/ Either one of these will be my next move up from the very fine Melody integrated I have enjoyed for about a dozen years now https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/8367 which if you want a great amp for less than a new Raven let me know I might just decide to move on it a little sooner than planned.
The only other one I would consider is Prima Luna, but they are made in China, so good luck with that. Raven are made in Texas.
Not only has equipment (and recordings) changed a lot over the past 30+ years, but your own tastes and hearing have probably changed a good bit over time as well (I know mine certainly have). Not that there’s not some excellent gear from back then — there certainly is and some probably fully serviceable today — but this seems to me to be a great time for you to get out to some dealers and/or audio shows and hear what’s out there now. FWIW, here’s an idea of a hybrid system that wouldn’t cost a ton but likely sound awesome:
Don Sachs tube pre: $2500 w/all options
Valvet E2 Class A amp: $2195 available here now
Spatial Audio M5 Sapphire: $2950 available here now
Best of luck in whatever way you eventually go.
Thank you... Yes, the speakers should be my first consideration. I suspect that if I secure a really good, efficient set of speakers, then I will likely appreciate my Yamaha M-70 and C-70 significantly more....even with the marketing tool of "Natural Sound". Flat but true. Granted the CV's are very efficient...101 sensitivity, but they are like a muscle car...not much finesse with the power but they will do the job very effectively. But, the subtle color added to the power... like say a Ferrari. I have been eyeing a set of Klipsch RF 7 lll. I have never heard them...I have heard they are magnificent...but, honestly, the cost is keeping me away. These colorful and bold RF 7 lll's would help the "flat "Yamaha separates. I am rambling here...
Thanks again to all.