If you look around ,a little ,you can find the Oppo now, they're out there. I think your CD player is pretty good, especially for its price range,and the Aerials are good enough to survive several electronics upgrades ,so I would agree that as far as upgrading your equipment goes the pre/power is the place to look, however, I feel that if it is in any way possible you may gain an even bigger improvement by addressing the placement of your loudspeakers within the listening room. I know this can sometimes be problematic,especially if your room is doing double duty, and you have a significant other to contend with, but often times even small adjustments to the speaker placement can reap large benefits in sound quality, and the best part is that it is absolutely free! You will want to start by having your speakers form an equilateral triangle with your preferred listening position. There are different opinions on exactly what the percentages for these dimensions should be but you should experiment with different set ups to determine which works best for your speakers in your room. One pointer I will give though, and this may cause some dissension, is that you should not place the speakers symmetrically within your room, which is the most common placement you see with peoples speaker,even at dealers, and they should know better, and it is the most common mistake. As long as your speakers are equidistant from your listening position forming a equilateral triangle, but not symmetrically placed, by this I mean each speaker is exactly the same distance from the front and side walls, there should be no channel imbalance between the two speakers. This type of placement will go a long way to eliminating the build up of any standing waves and will have the added benefit of significantly improving the imaging and soundstaging performance of your loudspeakers.
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