Any old Rega, Arcam, or Linn, will do just fine. Dump the adcom as soon ad you can, you won't believe the difference.
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i recently had three amps around this price range in my system at the same time - mccormack ht1 and 0.5 both smc modified and a macintosh mc7100. all were very good and exceeded my expectations, but the macintosh was definitely the best of the bunch. its an excellent sounding amp, and for the prices they sell for used (generally around $900), its an absolute steal.
The old McCormacks are great in that price range. I would suggest you consider a good passive volume control, like a Promitheus REF 4 to go with the McCormacks. The unmodified McCormacks have a very high input impedence and play well even with resistor based passives. No issues at all with a transformer volume control like the Promethius. For 1100-1200 I think that combo will get you more than any integrated I know of in that price range. I believe McCormacks also are nice with Vandies.
I recommend too going the integrated amp route as the best way to maximize your budget.
There is a Denon PMA A100 integrated list on Audiogon now, and I recommend it. It is the anniversary edition of the PMA, which I used to own. The regular PMA was a a very good piece, and I believe the anniversary version had upgraded parts. It has a very good phono stage too. It's also very high current, capable of 20 amps continuous, and 125 amps peak. I sold mine only because I was going from having two systems to one, and that final system costing about twice as much as the other two combined. I simply wanted to free up the funds. One last comment. About the original PMA, on its website, The Absolute Sound said, "At its price point, nothing else comes close."
Hello Mswobo, Do you have a old receiver or something to listen to music with while you work at your system? Old speakers? If you have a receiver then buy speakers. if you have some old speakers get the amp first.
If you have nothing now it will not matter if you start with speaker (Vandersteen's), or an amp. You will need both to make music. Most people match their amp and speakers, and then add the preamp to their taste. At your price range IMHO, the preamp is the hard part, although I have seen some small Tube preamps with limited inputs lately come thru Audiogon. (Decware). If you do go this route, separates, check back here regarding impedance of the components and I am sure you will get help in that area.
I think choosing a classic speaker like the 2ce is very smart. I also think Tpreaves is right about the integrated. Although they don't have a phono, maybe the Bel Canto 300i or Evo2, or an NAD.
i have a rega rp1 keeping
preamp ...adcom 400
Those 3 I want to upgrade one at a time over the next few months.
A audiophile friend recommended I up grade the preamp and not the amp for now so I can spend more on a preamp.
The Vandersteens always seem to be available for sale a lot so thats why the preamp then the speakers was my thought process.