Rega Brio, even though you are not high on Rega (for whatever reason), is the way to go. Easy to use, warm side of neutral, and a beautiful little phono stage built right in.
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You didn't mention what speakers you have Scott. I assume that you already know that any of the 4 above will properly drive them so that leaves the concern of the phono section.
Here are my thoughts about the units you list. Too bad about your experience with the Rogue. That would have been my first choice as I have read great things about its phono section and actually heard one during a lengthy audition.
Since your budget will allow, why not bump up the Marantz to the PM8005 or even the new PM7005. Unlike the 6005, these two are built at their reference factory in Japan along side their higher level components. I have a PM15S2 LE and find the built in phono section in this unit very good. I use it with a secondary table.
Can't comments on the others but would say that if your really want the Croft, then make yourself happy and get the Croft. Instead of asking a bunch of strangers on the internet what we think. Its your system brother. Go for it!
OP here - Thanks for all the responses. In response
-just didn't like the Rega sound - not as easygoing as I like.
-my hesitation on the Croft is the lack of a remote and the volume control for each channel. The sound had better be significantly better than others on the list to make it worthwhile.
-I had meant to type 8005 for the Marantz, not 6005. I have heard good things about the phono stage.
-I have heard the Arcam A19 with CDs, and it was impressive. Just don't know anything about the phono stage.
-Primaluna is probably not the best choice for my office system due to space constraints (needs to be flexible with placement, and might not have enough breathing room).
Thanks for all the input - I'll keep you posted on what I decide.