Krell K-300i (with its optional DAC) vs. McIntosh MA7200 (with DA1) vs. ? (including DAC)

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were fortunate enough to be parked in a nice sound room with a MAC MA8900 and a pair of Sonus Faber towers. I'm assuming the MA7200 is the same as the MA8900 without the tone control knobs. Unfortunately, I don't remember which Sonus Faber. I think they were something in the Sonetto line. I wasn't paying close attention to this kind of stuff because I was there for a demo of the Degritter. The sales person was nice enough to park us in this room and hand us an IPAD so we could entertain ourselves by streaming tunes on Tidal while waiting for several of my records to be cleaned. It was a slow day at this shop. I have no idea what streamer was in the chain. This was certainly a great way to spend about an hour, so so, waiting. Since then, I've had dangerous vicarious thoughts about the possibility of upgrading my MAC MA5200 because what we heard that day was outstanding! The detail, imaging, separation, soundstage and frequency response were absolutely wonderful! Although I love my MAC, I'm always open to any and all alternatives when it comes to stereo toys. I think most audiophiles want the best sound they can afford and I'm not one who is wedded to one brand or another. One integrated in the $8,000 to $9,000 range that's getting a fair amount of good press, these days, is the Krell K-300i. I absolutely adored the old Krell amps I heard back in the late 1980's through the mid 1990's but haven't listened to any since. I've also read a fair amount of good reviews on Hegel integrated amps. About a year ago, I spent some serious seat-time with a Simaudio Moon integrated that really impressed me and, about 4 years ago, a Musical Fidelity integrated that impressed me, as well. Since I'm looking for excuses to avoid home chores today, I thought I'd throw this question out for fun.

So, what say ye? If you had $8,000 to $9,000 to play with, what integrated amp would you go with? I listen exclusively to vinyl and CD. TT is a MoFi Ultradeck with Mastertracker. CD is Marantz CD6005 and speakers are Revel Performa3 F206. I know upgrading these, likely the speakers as a next step, would be a logical progression. This is why I mentioned this is "dangerous" and "vicarious" thinking! Frankly, in order for me to seriously entertain a move like this, my ears would have to convince me that this would be an appreciable improvement in fidelity with the speakers I have now for a few years, or so, before the next move. I'm skeptical of anything other than a subtle improvement, at best, and for this kind of dough it would have to be more than subtle. There is one high-end shop within reasonable distance that deals McIntosh and Revel. I could likely get a reasonably good sense there of what an MA7200 would do with a pair of F206 but all the other shops near me do not deal Revel and the other amps I mentioned. So, this would require more sophisticated critical listening and educated guessing. Just curious what you folks think and especially curious if any of you have done serious A/B seat-time with any of the integrated amps I mentioned and/or upgraded from an MA5200.

P.S. I'm really not interested in the opinions of equipment bashers or otherwise pompous, arrogant, self-involved humanoids who only want to prove they're the next best thing since sliced bread and prophylactics. Critical analysis is fine and welcomed. This can and should be done intelligently and respectfully. If your aim is to crow about your equipment and choices at the expense of others, please do it someplace else.
I just purchased the McIntosh MA8900 and Sonus Faber Olympica Nova V speakers, so putting my money where my mouth is. But I do wonder how much of a sonic bump you’d get just from the integrated amp upgrade..?  Speakers would be my next move. 
I just had the K-300i at my house and would recommend anyone looking for an under $10k integrated to listen to it.  It's a much more open sound than I expected. Not bright at all, dynamic and clean. I tried the digital module using a Lumin streamer and USB and thought it sounded "soft" vs my MHDT Balanced Pagoda.  It does have an HDMI ARC and 2 HDMI inputs for someone who wants to hook their TV up to their 2 channel system. That's a great addition that not many others are adding. As far as the McIntosh is concerned my only experience is in stores. Recently I heard an MA8900 with Wilson Sabrinas and Yvettes.  They both sounded very pleasant and similar.  They switched to a D'Agostino $25k or so integrated and the difference between the 2 speakers was much more apparent.  I don't know what that says but I actually liked the cheaper Sabrinas (not the SabrinaX) with the McIntosh better than the D'Agostino and the Yvette better with the D'Ag.
@bigtex22, CONGRATS! My friend just informed me the speakers we were listening to that day were Sonus Faber Olympica Nova III. I'm sure once you break in your new playmates the sound will be just sublime! I'm just as sure you'll have a heck of a lot of fun getting there, as well! ENJOY! Have no idea how much break-in your new Sonus might need but I wouldn't worry about a thing for the first 30 or 40 hours, or so. The MAC will sound great right out of the box and will only improve in time.

Curious!  The day my friend and I heard the MAC MA8900/Sonus Faber Olympica Nova III pairing, the shop had the speakers way out into the room... guessing probably a good 8 feet or more from the wall behind them... and separated about 8 feet or, I would guess. Guessing the sweet spot was 7'... maybe 8'? Again, since I wasn't shopping, I wasn't paying attention, just having fun!  They were also toed into the sweet spot just a little; not much. Baffles were pointed just past the listerners' ears. Is this anyway near the way you're thinking of setting yours up in your sound room? There's no way I could do that in my living room. I would be relegated to finding something that could perform well under more conventional placement considerations. One pair I've read about that can do that are the Stenheim Alumine III but those babies are mucho dinero! Not something I would seriously consider unless I won the lottery. I've read the Ohm Walsh Tall can do that, too, but they get pretty big as you go up the line. Even though my living room is 14' X 23' with a 9' ceiling, I can only accommodate slender speakers (e.g. no more than 10" or 11" wide, or so) that perform well no more than around 3' from the wall behind them (i.e. wall to baffles) and separated no more than around 6' to 7' from each other. This is one reason why I think my living room has me kind of hemmed in with regard to possible future upgrades and why I think the system I have now just may be optimized for the physical placement limitations of my sound room. Also, why I'm skeptical how much of a significant fidelity improvement I'd really get upgrading to an MA7200 without upgrading speakers and more worried, still, how much speakers who could perform well under placement limitations like that would cost. It's kind of a Catch 22 kinda thing. Rearranging the living room is not an option for many reasons I won't go into here. In the next life, I'll build or buy a house either with a dedicated sound/entertainment room or a larger living room that can accommodate more options. C'est la vie!

Thanks, everyone, for your input! Much appreciated!
Thanks for that @yyzsantabarbara . I'm looking at both of those right now. I was supposed to audition the Boulder this past Saturday but the dealer told me after I showed up that he couldn't get to it as he had too much stuff in his shop. I drove an hour and a half and left after 20 minutes. And some of these old, full of themself dealers wonder why people do so much online shopping.