Are integrated amps technically better than separates?


I'm assuming we are talking same class of amplifier and the integrated has the features you want. I'm thinking the integrated could actually be an improvement over separates due to being a more "direct" connection. Taking away the flexibility factor of separates, is my line of thinking correct?
aberyclark
For the hardware hobbyist - have fun with tubes, separates, mono blocks, sub woofers, etc. For music lovers who like to keep it simple and mostly listen to music while doing other things KISS.

Nice. First Audiogon post and you’ve managed to label everyone who owns tubes, separates, mono blocks, sub woofers, etc. as "hardware hobbyists", and insinuate their enjoyment of music is secondary.

You take your path. Let others take theirs.

Let’s agree that most wouldn’t be here were it not for enjoyment of music.

I believe either topology can be as good as the other, it's just down to the price you want to pay for the functionality you need... personally I prefer separates. My preamp has inputs for MC (transformer) and MM cartridges, four other analogue inputs, a 64dB attenuator with 128 steps and four individually powered stereo pair outputs. That gives me the functionality I want with little compromise to quality. Actually, I think the volume control is a weak point in many amplifiers and a well implemented stepped attenuator can make a real difference on its own.
Ralph,

Would you fill in some of the details of what you know about power cords?  You've told us that a power cord that's not up to the job is going to hurt the sound, but what are the basic requirements for an adequate power cord?  One that will not degrade the sound in a system the average 'Goner might own.  

What impedance is adequate?  Should it be solid or stranded wire?  What gauge should it be?  What about dielectric materials?  As your system becomes more sophisticated, do you need a power cord to do more that deliver electricity?

I would greatly appreciate it if you can give us any guidelines or refer to where we can find answers to these questions.  This is one of the more confusing topics in audio for me, and one that seems to cause the most heated arguments.
I was not insinuating anyone's enjoyment of music is secondary. Just saying that it's not necessary to be a hardware hobbyist/tweaker to have a great sounding system to enjoy music.

Music enjoyment (while appreciating great sound - openness, detail, bass, clarity) is a separate area of interest to hardware, and people can make their own choice whether to have one or two hobbies. 

There are some that have a primary interest in hardware, some music and some both. Everyone is free to choose and spend accordingly. Personally, I have roughly equal investment in hardware versus software.
ASR Emitter II Exclusive Is an integrated with three external power supplies that sounds rather good.
Maybe an exception to the generalization that separates sound better than integrateds.