I love my Creek 5350SE with my Von Schweikert VR-1s. Good luck and happy hunting!
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I have owned the Krell and the Musical Fidelity X-A1 and A100. Neither the MF (love that abbreviation) or the Krell is better. The MF will be softer and smoother, the Krell faster and harder. My sense is that the contrast is so large that one or the other will fit your listening biases better. If you get really short on money, the Acurus DIA-100 is a surprising performer that hews more to the Krell sound, though not as good. They are getting a bit long in the tooth at this point, but remain good values, no remote though.
I know you are asking for SS recommendatiosn BUT..consider this. Get a Cayin TA-30 tube integrated, beautifull sound, great looks, and very reliable PLUS an inexpensive cd player, such as a Shanling CDS-100 MkII that has a variable output with remote. This way you will have amazing sound with remote operation....try it ! Good luck.
If you dont mind my asking, what exactly do you dislike about the sound of your lousy separates system ? I mean, besides the fact you think they are lousy and take up too much space. In what way is this system failing your Jbls? I ask because you seem to know what your Jbls have in store given the right sort of amplification.
My amp is a 5 channel AV amp and I have three channels that I've never used and I know that it's not among Carver's good amp list, I know I can get better sound with a new amp
My pre is not really a pre, it's a Denon receiver and although it has something which is called Pure Direect mode which shuts down the video and digital circuits I also think I can do better with a dedicated 2 channel pre or an intagrated in this case.
I really think that most any of the options I mentioned in my initial post will be a substantial improvement over the Carver/Denon combo, the speakers are keepers and when I do upgrade they will stay for a second system.
Plese let me know about the differences of the two MF's I mention.
My gear is now in the living room and it does sound much better than the previous one, specially in the imaging department.
improvement sounds good! Sorry to answer your question with another question. You obviously are looking for some answers. While you are waiting for some help to spell out the differences between the 2 mf amps, you might want to check out the archives if you havent already. Not the same, but I know a lot has been written about musical fidelity there and you might come across something helpful until more information arrives via your thread. I think quite a bit has been written about Jbls there too, so there is the chance you might come across amp recommendations not mentioned here yet or considered by you previously. Ive liked the Jbls I have heard and considered them when I was looking to replace my old pioneer speakers, so I will be curious to see what amps you will be looking to for your system.