I had a Bryston B100sst for 4 years and while I did enjoy it the Bryston has a ground loop problem (slight hum from speakers when source was selected and nothing playing). The Simaudio is very good if you like detail. To me that detail made me listen to my equipment and not the music - too analytical. The Naim is excellent (very musical) and would have bought one except I tried a tube integrated (Octave V70SE) and decided to go that route. Tu-be or not tu-be?! :)
Thanks You all for response. I have Fritzspeakers Carbon 7 speakers and they are very similar to the Totem speakers. I have had Simaudio Moon 340i and to me sound was analytical. I'm listening mostly smooth jazz, not too loud. My limit is $5K.
Isn't SIM the amplifier that Totem, (like Fritz?), uses at trade shows? When you say SIM sounds to analytical, I wonder of what you really would like is a tube integrated or a Class A integrated - like the PASS INT30. How much power do you need to drive the speakers? How sensitive? What kind of impedance characteristic?
I'm using an ATC SIA2-150 ($4000.00) with a pair of Shelby+Kroll monitors and love the way it sounds. Very clean, neutral, natural, and dynamic. I prefered the ATC over a Pass XA-30.5 and XP-10 preamp combo. Good-luck
I use YBA electronics with Vandersteen 2 speakers. The cooler or dryer sounding YBA amps are balanced by the warmer and wetter sounding Vandersteens and make a nice combination. So a YBA Integre DT may be an option if your not into head banging volume levels.
So, the OP wants a neutral integrated and let the warm speakers be the tone control. Great start. I like the sound of the Burson PI-160 but lets face it, its not that popular despite its stellar sound (IMHO). I was told that the Hegel line of amps have the very same sound quality as the Burson (neutral and full, at the same time) and look more attractive, to boot. Most reviews have equated the sound as like water: its just there with nothing added. And unlike the Burson, it has a remote, more inputs and a built in DAC. I only went with the Burson because it was $500 cheaper than the Hegel. If the OP can find a demo, he might be happy.