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This one is not too hard for me. I would purchase a used Dartzeel CTH8550 integrated unit with 200+ watts into 8ohms. A true Swiss built beauty. There are a couple listed on audiogon now. I have zero motive other than trying to give a tip. I've owned one and it is at the top sonically with fantastic build and features such as an outstanding phono stage. Great company with brilliant owner/designer that communicates. Read reviews at Tone Audio and Positive Feedback Online. Just an opinion.
Luxman’s new Class A amps are nice as well, and a direct competitor to the Accuphase in Japan and similarly priced over there.(Accuphase gets a huge mark up when it crosses the pond). and of coarse the Pass Labs. I’ve had a Luxman Class A amp and was very surprised how nice it was from top to bottom and very musical. (Living Voice Speakers 94db).
I would go for separate DAC as it is the one component that does get out dated quickly with the ever growing digital tech progression.
I don’t think anyone does Class A SS like the Japanese they seem to have perfected it decades ago. Not to mention the attention to detail that they have.
All good things come to those who wait & conduct due diligence.
My system to date :
Vienna Acoustics Beethoven baby grand S.E's
All Primare source to date:
A32 power amp
BD32Mkll universal player
Isotek power board
After auditioning Accuphase's E600 (which has now been superseded) finances restricted that purchase the guys at Frank Prowse Hi-fi came to the party, A change of distributors leading to reasonable discounts on above components. 4 months have passed since taking ownership. Initially a bit harsh/fatiguing it's now an enjoyable listening experience. To George hifi thanks for your advice ( B.P.J.T's) theA32 has plenty & works quite well with the bbg's. Plenty of control/power.