My room is large and on the bright side
I would consider treating the room instead of equipment.
Thanks Riley. I've already been thinking along those lines, but it's a problem...while it is our music room, it's also my wife's favorite room in the house...we have beautiful views which she doesn't want to block (hence no window treatments) and a very high wood ceiling...
I'm considering a folding screen with some absorbent material which I would put along the back wall and could be moved when I am not doing serious listening.
That being said, I still think a better preamp is necessary.
I used a 24k with outboard power supply with the 2004 amp and Apogee Centaur Minor speakers with very good results. I also used the PV5 as a pre amp in the same system. I actually preferred the sound of the PV5, but both pre amps were very good. As for positive reviews, I recall a few out there. If you are interested in the 24k, you can probably get one pretty cheap. If you dont like it, Im sure you can get what you paid for it since most of the depreciation has already occurred.
Thanks to all...I actually got a good deal on an Audio Research LS3b; and so far am very pleased with it.
Unfortunately, about a week or so after putting it in my system, my Aragon 2004 lost the right channel. A friend has it now for possible repair...if parts are available I'll have to see if it's worth repairing, or look into buying something else. Any ideas? There is a B&K ex442 avilable to me...