I am a newbie to this but, I'm very happy with my B&K AVR 307. I have Vienna Accoustic Mozart's and it handles them well. I have seen this amp on A-gon close to your your price range. Good luck....
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Great suggestion so far. Sounds like most of you prefer integrated over passive volume control which is great because I do like active pre amp stage even if it is inside an integrated.
I have heard Plinius many times from people who owns Dynaudio, sounds like I should give Sim audio a serious listen as well.
Keep it coming!
I give up the attenuator -- It's an excellent choice for anyone listening to classical, but budget restrictions make this setup unadvisable.
I would make sure the integrated is remote controlled -- the volume, at least. I doubt your sister will want to get up all the time, and volume control is necessary for classical, IMO (very many transient loud passages). Especially as, with a good system, she WILL be listening louder!