I'd suggest that you consider one of the excellent integrateds in your price range. I recently went from late 80's midfi gear to the Krell 400xi. The difference was remarkable and I believe you would find that "new stuff" will be worth the investment. On your list should be Naim 5i, Krell 400xi, Simaudio I3 or I5, Ayre (cant recall model but there is only one) and I'm probably missing a couple. Good luck.