Looking for a ‘’No braine’r Integrated amplifier under 7500 or so


hello all!

I’m looking for ideas on a ‘slam dunk’ flexible high value solidly performing INTEGRATED amp for an office system, but one that for a while can be my ‘go to’ or primary unit and is a bit above entry level.

preference is to buy new, but preowned in the right scenario works for me as well.

Pesently I’m starting all over in amassing gear and felt to initiate the project by wading into the water slowly.

I have on hannd remnants of my former   efforts in a then very good line stage preamp and DAC, though the DA age is showing and well behind current popular trends  and support for new formats.

also on hand are some ‘so so’ amps, and several pairs of speakers and I just added a Blue Sound Noede 2I.

ultimately I see nearly everything being replaced but felt starting with a very nice Integrated seems as good a starting point as any.

topology is as such, not too too imoportant. decent power however is key as speakers being paired here are as yet unknown. likelyhood here is a pair of monitors and a sub.

the music playback will likely be streaming from providers and NAS files.

Aesthewtix Mimas has peaked my interest currently. and having owned bAT their INT is interesting too. apart from these two I’m wide open to suggestions on current one box amp solutions..

glass or sand power here makes little difference apart from thereafter mating speakers to the INT power constraints..

your thoughts, and expieriences here are vastly appreciated. THX
blindjim

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Hegel 390, almost untouchable in the 5-6k realm


as geof3 said... 
Look into the Prmare I35. It is very tolerant to a wide range of speakers, has XLR inputs, can be configured with state of the art DAC and streaming, and at 150 Watts into 8 Ohms has enough power for most applications.
I have the I32 and I love it. The I35 uses even faster class D power modules. Check out the review on The Absolute Sound and elsewhere. The TAS review honestly rates it just a smidge below some of the above mentioned entries; but at a much more reasonable price.They are now sold through Crutchfield.

i absolutely love my older primare i-30... pre class d

brilliant amp, sound is refined yet full of life and sparkle