As the British would say, adding any of those amps mentioned would give you a very unbalanced system and would not be an effective allocation of your funds. The source should always come first. There are many fine CD players to choose from under $1000.00 from Arcam, Rega, Rotel, Nad, the list is pretty long. An appropriate amp would be one step down from what you are proposing such as Creek 4330, Rotel 971, NAD C350. If you like the Paradigm sound you might consider switching the floor standers for the Studio 20s. Finally, it wasn't mentioned, which is a crime, but cables are a very critical part of the sysem and should comprise 10 to 20% of the total budget. At the high end of the scale look at a Rega Mira integrated and Planet CD about $2000.00, with a 10% discount you have some cable money. I would go the cheap way Rotel RA-971 amp $500.00, 971 CD, I think it's around $700.00, Paradigm Studio 20 speakers with stands $830.00 and 10% off for cables. I prefer the second choice as it is a much more balanced system, but either way will yield much more musical enjoyment than the single upgrade that you are proposing. Best of luck.
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