Well...I decided to go w/ an amp for my next upgrade. I got the Rotel RX-1050, and am I ever satisfied! The Yamaha deck is very very decent, much better sounding through the Rotel receiver, so I'm glad I upgraded that first. (besides, I'm going to want a Universal player next)...and vinyl?!! WOAH! Vinyl sounds AMAZING!!
My next upgrade will be speaker stands, followed by cable (or perhaps the other way around)
I'm also deciding if I should stick w/ MiniDisc. I love my Sony MDS-E10 pro deck, and it sounds very good through the B&W's. However, I know I'm losing some sound, and I can hear loss when comparing a MD and CD of the same album. However, I kind of like the sound image created by MD. It paints a slightly different listening experience. While not as smooth as the original CD, it still sounds nice. I really enjoy having my recordings on the MD format (while, at the same, time, making a separate non-compressed CD-R copy for storage when in need of a quick copy for someone).....I'm from the old school days of cassettes, so I haven't got over the idea of having two formats....1-owned music (CD's, vinyl), 2-copies (MiniDiscs, formerly cassettes)..
hmm....do I keep MD in the audiophile hi-fi chain I'm building? ....