Thanks @hoytis. I hadn't thought about PS Audio. I'll do some research on that unit. I see that Music Direct has a factory refurb Marantz PM6005 Integrated with the appropriate DAC input for $525. I've not listened to Marantz gear in a while, so I'm not sure if that's a good direction. My current NufForce DDA120 is pretty decent, but is lacking on the bass side of things.
Punchy integrated with DAC
Hey everybody. In the $500 or less category (new or used), any recommendations on an integrated amp with DAC? Speakers are ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2. Nominal 6 ohm load according to the literature. I think I’ve heard it’s more like a 4 ohm load. Using a cheapie Sony BluRay player for discs (need a DAC with coax digital) and a Sony HAP digital player for ripped CDs. No streaming at this time. This is a basement system, room is pretty much a rectangle with the system on one of the long walls. Music choices on this system lean toward Tool, Bob Marley, Rush, etc, so I need an amp with some punch. NAD comes to mind. Any other thoughts? Thanks in advance. ~ Jerry
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