Looks like you are all set for great two channel sound except for your cdp and your preamp,so I would go there. For a good pre I would go with a passive transformer volume control like I did or a good tube active with a pass through for home theater. I was in the same boat as you not to long ago. I had my sunfire theatergrand prepro pulling double duty ($3400) and it is very,very good on two channel but still not good enough. I posted on my pre choice a couple of days ago so you can read it if you would like. A transformer volume control is a simple high quality volume control that allows you to run your cdp straight to your amp without an active preamp. You can have as many inputs-outputs as you need,rca and or xlr. A lot of people go the tube rought and I would say that would be great also. I have no experience with your Pioneer model so I can't really say if you need an upgrade there,my guess would be that you do.
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