first upgrade should be a new cd player. always start with source component.
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Corina, I sound like the preverbal broken record but..you may be able to get closer to audio nirvana by controling vibrations especilly for your CD. May I suggest a Bright Star Audio Air Mass/Big Rock combination as a start for around $350 and you should be quite surprised with the results. I started with just the Air Mass for 2-3weeks before I introduced the Big Rock 3 and each change was quite amazing for detail and focus, especially if your going to introduce sub(s). I'm just in the midst now of setting up another Big Rock for my integrated amp as well, just my opinion on a much overlooked improvement.
Corina, call David Schulte, owner of the Upgrade Company
at 1-269-665-7433. He upgraded my Marantz SA12S1 and saved me about $5000.00. I would not be able to find the same performance from a off the shelf unit at twice that amount.
I would put this unit up against anything out of the box.
My Arcam AV-8 will be the next component for him to upgrade
and then the Proceed HPA amp. He can do it all! I was sceptical at first but that passed quickly.
Unfortunately, I don't know what works with the Cary pre. But.....you could try the tube pre/ss power combo. It works nicely for me (VTL/Krell). A used BAT VK 3i w/VK 200 maybe. I've heard this on B&W and Vienna Acoustics with very good results. BAT also has a new VK 3ix with a VK 250. Both of these would be plenty of power for the de Cappo's. I did audition the Rogue 120 monos w/Thiel 3.5's and their bass control was adequate, not great, but acceptable. How about the Quicksilver V4 monos? Haven't heard 'em but they get great reviews. Last suggestion is to look at the VTL stuff. Because the DeCappo's are so efficient, I would think that the VTL MB 125's would work pretty well. Those amps have EL 34's. The VTL ST-150 has a bit more power and uses 6550's, so I imagine you would get better bass control with that. The pre also has some influence on bass and the VTL's do a wonderful job in that area. Another idea....a Sophia Electric KT-88 integrated. I heard one driving Wilson Benesch Curves.Oh, man, excellent!!! ALso, you could query the A'gon and AA folks and see if someone is using a ss with the Cary. I'm starting to ramble. Good luck.
I've recently added a Ming Da MC-7R tube preamp to my SimAudio Moon W-3 and Reference 3a MM de Capo-i monitors. I'm very pleased with the results.
The UHFmag.com Reference System uses the Copland CTA-305 tube preamp with the SimAudio Moon W-5LE.
For other possible winning combinations you might also want to check out the De Capo owners web site;
For owners of Reference 3A loudspeakers.