Although it does not have a $6000 look,or price ($2995) I would include the Plinius 8200 MkII in the group.
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The 383 is far from being a tube integrated so it is ruled out here, not to mention I find it kind of dull.
I would opt the Unison Research Simply 845 (845 tube) which sounds might fine, as does the Cary 300SEI (300B). The inexpensive Antique Sound Lab AQ1010 (300Bs in parallel) is surprisingly good too. Arthur
I second the motion on the Cary 300B SEI but would add that if you can find a used LX20 version and don't mind replacing tubes a little more frequently, you'll get twice the power and quality. Also a few minor upgrades, eg replace the volume pot with a stepped attenuator, replace rectifiers with hexfreds, replace bypass and coupling caps with DynamiCaps, bypass the balance pot, and you got a different beast altogether capable blowing away the big boys at any price.
The AirTight ATM-300 (300B based) stereo amp is superb and will privide more drive than the Cary. It has dual attenuators so you can run your CD directly through it, maybe add a Creek OBH-12 passive remote volume control. I've run this system and everything works wonderfully. The amp retails for $6,300.00 - good luck finding a used one, though. Anybody got one they'd like to sell?
I have another suggestion for you:-
deHavilland Aries 845 monoblock. Here's the link:
It's not a 300B or 2A3 design but I've heard the Cary 805C Anniv edition mono blocks (that use 845 tubes) & they sound better than their 300B SET, of course, to my ears. The intimacy is slightly reduced vs. their 300B design but the authority in bass, transparency & air around voices & instruments is much better IMHO.
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Looking at the various answers, it make me doudbt that my question must have been properly formulated, (english is my second language), yet, maybe not. Thanks again, specially, the Berning, Cary, Airthight suggestions.