I'm contemplating an upgrade to my system, and I'm curious about moving from my Musical Fidelity A3.2 integrated to separates. The catch is, I can't afford to buy both a good new pre amp and power amp at the same time. My MF has a pre-out, so that would mean I could use it just as a pre amp and buy a new power amp, correct? It also has an AUX 2 input which is described in the manual as "1 pair direct power amplifier input RCA connectors." It says it is "for home theater use. When selected, they are routed inside the A3.2 directly to the power amplifier circuit, which is not controlled by the volume adjustment." Does this mean that I could buy a new pre amp and use only the power amp part of my integrated?
If I am able to do either of these routes to upgrading, what would you recommend--buying a new pre and continuing to use my MF as a power amp, or buying a new power amp and using my MF only as a pre amp.
At this time, I think I could afford around $1,500-2,000 for a new pre or power. Do you think that would be a significant upgrade to what I have now? In pre amps, I'm very curious about the Conrad-Johnson Classic. Not sure what I'd consider in the power amp category in that price range.
Or maybe it would be wiser to update my source first? You can check out my system at http://cgi.AudioAsylum.com/systems/6721.html .