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In my opinion, the B & W CM9 is incredibly overpriced, and not the best sound you can get for that kind of money. A very poor choice IMO. Your Klipsch speakers are certainly not very good, but the CM9 won't be much of an upgrade. Do you realize that they only go down to 60 Hz and would definitely require a subwoofer to provide any bass at all?
They wouldn't make my top 5 list if I was shopping; maybe not even the top 10.
The Vienna Acoustics Beethoven is far better-sounding and capable, and so is the Gallo Acoustics Classico CL-3. Dynaudio also has much better speakers in that price range.
The PSB Image T6 is only $1300 per pair, and I think even they sound better. The sound quality is certainly comparable, if not better.
You should replace the Pioneer CD player with an OPPO BDP-95. It sounds better than most $5000 CD players; a major technological breakthrough. That Pioneer is old technology and has third-rate sound quality.
I would keep the preamp until you are ready to step up to an Audio Research LS-17; that WOULD be a major improvement!