I'd see if I could get a decent deal on a BAT VK-300x integrated. I've heard it and it's very impressive.
If you can find a MF Nu-Vista for $3k you will be doing well... People seem to want more than that for them. There seems to be one for around $3200 for sale at Audiogon now. If you can afford it, this would probably be the best sound at that price point.
I do not think you could go wrong with the Ayre integrated amp. For right around $3k (shop around, you should be able to get it less), I doubt you can get seriously better solid state sound at that NEW RETAIL price point.
One big plus to getting an integrated amp is the need for only one power cord and one set of interconnects.
Still haven't picked anything yet. But I am ruling out the Sonic Frontiers Equipment. So it is either a Ayre Integrated or the MF seperates. And maybe something from Primare. Here is the deal, I want this purchase to be a keeper. Should I rule out the integrated? I was just thinking if I change speakers at some point will the Ayre work with a pair of lower sensitivity speakers like Dynaudio(86 db and 6ohm)?
Hello! Here's my two cent's worth. I have owned many if not most of the gear listed in this thread. I have an AUDIOMAT ARPÈGE with Sonus Faber Grand Piano Home speakers. Please.....no Musical Fidelity with any Sonus speaker, it's a definite mismatch of the worst kind. Bright and thin sounding. The Arpège is probably the best kept secret in all of high end audio. And a better value than the more expensive Prelude and Solfège from the same manufacturer. On the Solfège, I never could go for the '' 6550'' tube sound anyway, preferring the harmonic sweetness of the EL 34 tube that the Arpège offers. By the way VERY reliable also with loads of class.