Audio Research VSI-55, Pathos ClassicOne, or SS
Okay, I have prejudice: I like tubes because I'm into tube guitar amps and like the sound and aesthetic.
Now, I'm building up a new system. My current system -- which I'll keep in another room -- has an Audio Research D-100 and SP9 mk II. Great stuff.
I haven't shopped for components in ages...so I'm a bit ignorant as to what's out there.
Out of pure visual appeal, and based on reviews, I'm sore tempted by the Pathos Classic One. Because I'm a long-time AR user, I'm also interested in the VSI-55. On the solid state side, I'm thinking about the Sim Moon I-5 and a simpler, less expensive Musical Fidelity X-150 (which has the benefit of a phono stage and opens up more funds for speakers, etc.).
Speakers in mind include Harbeth Compact 7, Dali Helicon 300 or Grand Diva (used) and Proac D15.
Thoughts, comments, ideas???