You are right, I had to make up my mind to listen to inferior quality of sound. But since first response is favoring my current system, I am going to keep current amps and won't go for cheaper ones ! Thanks.
You didn't mention whether tubes or SS but in the tube category the Jolida 102B with the very sweet 6BQ5 (EL 84) tubes is a great integrated providing ~ 20 watts per channel. Also in that same category the Sophia Baby is great if you have fairly effecient speakers.
Vish: not sure what you meant by your comment "I am keeping my current amps". Are you no longer looking? If still looking, I would also highly recommend the Acurus DIA100. It still drives my old B&W matrix 803s2's, and I love this integrated! Mine is not for sale, lol!
02-06-09: Bobgates I still think the Onkyo A-9555 is one of the best integrated amps in this price category.
Me too. At the asking price of $799 it's definitely competitive, but at the street price of $400 (accessories4less.com) to $474 (Amazon w/free shipping), it's a walkaway. I like it better than any similarly-priced Brit-sourced (including Cambridge) integrated below $1500. More speed and clarity better balanced against fullness, bass power, clarity, and extension. I'd take it in a heartbeat over a Rega Brio 3.
Another vote for the Onkyo A-9555. I've had it for a year and a half and have been very happy with it (although the bass could be a bit tighter). To me, it's certainly better than the NAD in the $500 range.
I tho't I'd revive this thread as it appears that those sub $500 deals on Onkyo A-9555 integrateds are disappearing. Back when I ordered mine last August I had a number of choices--Amazon at $474 w/free shipping, factory refurb from accessories4less.com for $400, or J&R for $450 plus shipping. I got a silverface one thru Amazon for $474 inc. shipping.
Today, the low cost silver ones are all gone (as far as I could find), J&R's price is $699, and there are black ones only on Amazon for just under $500. Accessories4less has a few black factory refurbs for $399.99 but their website warns that stock is getting low.
They take 100 hrs to break in, but at $500 these amps are a gift.
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