I have heard the AI/Rotel combination (different model amp, but same company) and it sounds very good together; a very synergistic match. I'll leave it to the more technically inclined to tell me if I got this right, but my recollection is you'd like a high output impedance from the pre and a low input impedance on the amp, and that is usually the way it works between tubed preamps and solid-state amps. Maybe that's why a lot of us on this site like tubed preamps into solid state. I'll leave the CD player discussion to others, although you should give us an idea of your listening biases and preferences and the price range you'd like to buy, then check the archives, as there are a lot of CDP threads. You can get a lot of quality these days without spending a bundle.
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