Sorry, I missed the iPhone autocorrects on this. It should be acoustic, not outing and should be sound staging, not so detaching.
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A dedicated preamp would definitely be an upgrade, however I think the amp/speaker match is just OK. An 8 ohm speaker that dips to 3.8 ohms is not the best for a tube amp. Also, the 706v has been described as having bass power. If a speaker and amp don't match well, I think the bass suffers the most because it is the most demanding.
What does the system sound like using the 640a only with its power? Soundstage, highs, lows, dynamics?
What phono and mains cables are you using
If you are using the mains cables that came with the gear then upgrading them to something better will improve the system tremendously.
Upgrading to stager silver solids interconnects would probably be the last interconnects you ever buy
I have the Cambridge audio 640p and the Dacmagic - upgrading the interconnects and power supply cables made huge improvements.
Granted, they can get expensive, but if you can put a plug on a wire the power cords can be more reasonable
If you want more info let me know
I just found the link I could not find for my earlier post
For an insight into some of the cables I have tried and currently use see...
Since writing the article above I have made some changes to the power distribution side of my setup which has changed my opinion of the DHLabs cable slightly...
On the power cable side, DH Labs are for the budget minded and perform very well considering they are about 1/3 the price of Furutech, but Furutech are are the cable to beat - not that there are not better performers out there, but they are BIG$$$.
The DH Labs Power Plus is extremely good and performs to the level of the lighter gauge Furutech cable, but their Encore power cable lacks a little (and I mean a little) in the micro details - e.g. concert hall acoustics.
Hope this helps :-)
Malcom02: You may suggest a sub, but I can't handle subwoofers. (I have had them). I am a classically trained Double Bassist and I don't care how often I hear people say that "you can't tell where bass is coming from" or "bass is omnidirectional", or "subwoofers can be located..."it doesn't sound natural to me.
Thanks though! On the surface it makes perfect sense from what I wrote. :)
I went to my dealer this weekend and listened to some different gear and the thing that amazed me was that I fell in love with a pair of vandersteens.
So, that will be the next move. It solves the bass issue and they have a (to my ears) more natural sound across the board than the Focals. More balanced from low to high and that whole time-aligned phase coherent mumbo jumbo really does seem to mean something after you listen to them.
I think after that I go with new preamp, source last as the CD player is okay and I am seriously considering a music sever down the road anyway.