I owned Snell E-III's and I will say they were a completely different sounding spk. when I introduced a powerful amp in the system (Bryston 4B-ST)! I presently own a little NAD 302 which is similiar in power to your 7020. This is a GREAT sounding little amp but I hear it's limitations. If you are handy w/a soldering iron and want to upgrade what you have, I'd start w/new spk. binding posts. But, it may be that your receiver may need new capacitors and other parts which may making replacing not worthy esp, if you're paying someone to do the work. I'm thinking you may want to sell your 7020 and get a newer NAD int. amp (326 BEE) because you said there isn't enough detail and resolution in your system. As far as a phone stage, I own a Creek 8SE and it is excellent sounding and compact. Please, I never owned a 7020, so it may be the greatest. BUT, it still a receiver and asked to do all in one package. Good Luck!
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