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I would check out the Bluesound audio equipment. The amp is the Power Node 2 and would match great with your speakers. If you have a HDD with digital files you can play all those files too and stream music. If you have an extensive CD collection you could get the Vault 2 and rip your CDs into FLAC files. That could marry up with the amp as well. These would also work wireless and wired and allow you to explore MQA on Tidal. You could get Roon, Spotify or any other streaming service you might like. All is well under your $5k top budget amount. I have the Node 2 and it sounds tremendous and is fun. BTW your smart phone or tablet becomes your controller, choose your music from your bed.
If analog is your choice (with) a good turntable I would check out the Parasound Halo integrated amp. It’s right at half your total budget and if you did not like the internal phono preamp you could upgrade to a better one with left over cash. My two cents..
+1 Bluesound Node 2
I recently put together a small bedroom system with a
I don’t have a Bluesound but I do have a Sonos with a W4Sound mod so +1 on the streaming node in general. Hook this up with Tidal or Deezer Elite service that streams FLAC 16/48 with an integrated that has a good DAC and you could have a very simple system that sounds really good. Mostly controlled by a phone/tablet app.
MY buddy gave me a 20 year old PS Audio 200 watt power amp and I racked it up in the garage and topped it with a Sonos Connect. Then found some Polk Audio speakers on sale at my local dealer and hung those on the back wall. Total investment <$600. Had it going loud one day and then I got a text from my neighbor across the street , "WTF!?" he says. I didn’t realize with the brick wall, drywall and concrete floor I had just fired up a sound cannon pointed directly at my neighbor ....oooops :).
I own the Bluesound Powernode 2. It’s okay if your budget is under $1k. But you can do better if you spend more than that.
I’m considering upgrading to unibox marantz pm7000n, or maybe something a little higher than that if I can find something better for $1.5k or less. marantz is not mqa. Powernode is but my experience is that to get the MQA benefit in SQ you need to go up the food chain from Bluesound. (for example, I also have a $2k Teac NT505 dac and there I totally hear the SQ difference of MQA -- not so much with Bluesound). YMMV