Your speakers and room have a much larger effect on the overall sound of your system. I'd suggest upgrading the Atoms before moving to seperates (or at least demoing new speakers / old receiver vs. new front end / old speakers).
yeah im gonna upgrade the atoms later. but right now im in possesion of 2 marantz mono blocks that are gathering dust. i think im gonna go with a marantz dd reciever and connect outputs to my mono blocks.(im on a change in the couch budget) anyways how does anthem, outlaw, sherwood-newcastle sound in 2 ch stereo.
I run a 1050 outlaw as a pre/pro and a NAD218thx and a Outlaw 750 as my amps driving my Studio's (100,cc,20). I have nothing but praise for my system. I feel the 1050 holds it own in 2 channel music and home theater. I will upgrade sometime later to either the 950 or maybe the Anthem if Santa is good to me.
I am using an Outlaw 1050 as a pre/pro and am powering my Studio 20's + CC with a Parasound 855 amp. I chose Parasound due to reading a few different threads that mentioned Parasound sounds great with Paradigm speakers.