Is it time to upgrade my amp?

Hi there!

I'm looking for some amplifier upgrade advice. My current system is:
Rega RP6 with Dynavector 10X5 MM (I intend to upgrade the cartridge to a Rega Ania Pro MC)
PS Audio NuWave Phono preamp (just received today and not added to my system yet)
Arcam FMJ A19 integrated amp
Audiolab 8200CD 
Monitor Audio Gold 100
I plan on adding a Cambridge Audio CXN (V2) soon.
Over all my system sounds great but a little harsh so I was considering upgrading to an integrated tube amp <$3k. I have considered, the Rogue Cronus Magnum 3, Sphinx V3 and used Cary SLI-80. None of which I can audition close to home.
Any advice on getting the most out of my system would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! Chris

Showing 1 response by millercarbon

Replace your speakers! At an abysmally low 86dB they limit you to high powered amps. Not that they will sound good with ANY amp! But your $3k will buy you some killer Double Impacts, far and away better speakers, and ones that can be beautifully driven with as little as 20 watts, something that sounds as sweet as the Raven Blackhawk. Which will never happen as long as you hamstring yourself with bookshelf speakers. Especially those bookshelf speakers. Seriously. Read the reviews. Replace yours with DIs, be amazed at how your whole system is transformed.