Integrated Amp upgrade?

Hello all,

Looking to upgrade my Cambridge Azur 851a.

I will be pairing with Spendor A6Rs (no sub). Two sources include Gold Note PH-10 & Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

My budget is $2K (new or used) and my top three choices right now are:
-Electrocompaniet PI-2
-Ayre AX-7e

My room is on the small side, and I usually listen with the volume on the high side of medium. All genres of music.


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That's a good idea, and wish I would have tried that when I still had my 2170.


The Gryphon would be awesome, but always out of my budget.  I usually come out even when trying out new gear, either selling or trading in, which is very fortunate.  However it does sometimes exclude amps/gear I'd like to try.
Plus as you found out, if you have an analog front end, there's no point going with one of the amps that digitize everything. That defeats the purpose of having an analog front end to begin with. So no Micromega, Lyngdorf etc etc.

I'd still suggest going with the Luxmans in your budget and outboard DAC, as the internal phono sections are supposed to be pretty amazing. And outboard DACs are a better bet as that tech is diverse and changing, you could try Delta-Sigma, R2R etc.

Very good point. 

One of the nice things about the Micromega, is that it does not digitalize any of the inputs, with the room correction turned off/not installed.

However, the room correction is one of it's selling points.  That being said, it is a very nice all-in-one integrated, especially for people with space constraints.