You might enjoy the Ayre monoblocks....have been using them for awhile....excellent in all aspects...
Walt. I also have the Dcc2 se. The pre amp section is excellent. You can do better but at a very high price. See the positive feedback Brutis awards.
For amplifiers in your price range I would suggest the Parasound JC-1's. They can be had for $3500. or less used. I used to own a pair and I can tell you they are excellent, especially for the money. A best buy. Since Bob Crump died you don't hear alot about them anymore but that doesen't change the fact that for the performance they are a steal.