In the high end of your budget I would look for a mcCormack DNA-500.
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I bought a new Cary SLP98P in Feb. I had it hooked to a McIntosh 7270 SS amp and it sounded great. I sold the amp (after 17 years) and bought a Cary V12R amp with Ruby tubes. The results are excellent. Buy one, even if you send it to Cary for a check up, you will be very happy with the results. I have listened to and can afford amps that cost 10 times the money, but there is really little to no difference in sound. Make sure your speakers put out a sound pressure level of 88-105 range. Good luck