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The amplifier should not be a major issue; it is a fairly good unit.
Your CD player is using DAC chips from about 3 generations back, which were not very good in a unit at that price point then. This is a very weak part of your system.
I spent $6000 7 years ago to get the best-sounding player available then, the Ayre C5xe. That is what it cost to get the best DAC quality then, and it was quite apparent in listening tests how much better it sounded than cheaper units (such as yours).
NOW, the OPPO BDP-95 is a bit better-sounding than my Ayre, and is only $1000. It has made every unit costing 3 to 10 times as much totally obsolete IMO. I am using it as my CD and DVD player now.
IT is a STEAL for $1000, if you want the best sound quality. If That is too pricy, the new BDP-103 is $499 and is also very good (beats anything else at the price, and WAY WAY better than what you have for CD or SACD sound quality).
I know absolutely nothing about your speakers. You may want to get a home trial on some others for comparison.
The PSB Image T6 speakers are one of the best you can buy for $1300/pair.
The KEF iQ70 are very very good at only $599 (were $1200) at KEF Direct.