All In One Recommendations

Our friend mechans aka The Doctor passed away in the early part of 2020.  He was an active, passionate, and knowledgeable contributor here and AA.  Although he acquired a lot of wonderful sounding audio kit, and his wife shares our demand for excellent sound, she now seeks a more streamlined solution.  That means integrated amplifier with MM / HOMC phono input, as well as on board streamer / DAC.

Looking around, I see NAD offers a line of integrateds that would suit.  I have a NAD streamer / DAC with preamplifier and phono input in one of my tertiary systems, and while certainly not the best sounding component I have, it's quite competent.  I really like its BluOS, and hard to fault overall at the $1750 price point.

Although she would consider taking a different route with that same model preamp, the preference at this time lies with an integrated that does it all.  Along those lines, any other recommendations when it comes to an all in one solution beyond the NAD lineup?

Thanks to all...


Hi Joe:

I've been in California since 1977.

However, I vividly recall you being a chemist (so - if I'm wrong we are even).

If I'm right YOU gave me some really good advice/insight in that regard.


PS Joe:

Just looked up and read through some of the "old/early" A'Gon threads...

We (all of us) certainly had a lot of fun, good/entertaining discussions back then (sans politics).


@dekay you definitely have a more vivid and accurate memory than me, David!

I worked as an R&D chemist through the 90s. It was a really rewarding job from the standpoint of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. Financially, not so much. I’m happy to see the environmentally friendly, high end, low ohm resistor material I developed remains the best in the world 25 years on, and is the conductor material in some of the best resistors used in high end audio components. Since moving on to IT, I’ve done a lot better for myself.

I agree with you completely about how much fun and informative the discourse once was. Glad you’re still here, and doing well…