I have a Krell Digital Vanguard 200w and I am very impressed with stunning clarity and dynamics. Class A preamp section. This is an unbelievable amp and I got mine used for about 3k. I had Parasound for years and the Krell blows them out of the water. I got mine from high performance in FLA. Good Luck!
You should also check out the Peachtree Nova 150, 300, or 500 to see if they sound as good as the more expensive recommendations. You maybe surprised with the Nova 150. It is a swiss army knife and sounds rather good.
Check with Paul Manos at the Audio Shoppe in Boston and see if he still has any of the Audia Flight FL Three S integrated amps he had on sale. I've had one for a couple of months. Great sounding piece.
Easy decision. Kinki Studio EX-M1: https://www.kinki-studio.com/ex-m1
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there's a "+" version with HT bypass and RCA outs for a sub.
All the best,
Tough to find, but Musical Fidelity Tri Vista 300 gave me 15 years of serious smiles. I just had it re--tubed and capped and I'm expecting it to out-live me. To my ears, a just right balance of punch and finesse. The Musical Fidelity line of newer products must have some of that DNA, but I haven't felt like shopping in a long time, so I won't speculate.
Marantz pm14s1, 90 watts 8 ohm, 140 watts 4 ohm. Price $2999 new if u can find one.....or marantz pm 15s1 used. Great amps with a warm non fatiguing sound. Honestly, the pm8006 will shock you at only $1199! Its great!. All of these lack any kind of dac, usb, or any kind of digital inputs....all analog.
Alternatively, grab a rogue audio spinx v2, also all analog at 100 watts 8 0hm class d with tubed preamp, 200 watts 4 ohm. A bargain at only $1495 new.
@sunnyjim...Are you looking for tube or SS?
How many inputs?
The Digital Amplifier Company (DAC) Stereo Maraschino (STM) is a great performer! The wattage output can be increased or decreased with the voltage of the power supply purchased. Only one balanced input and DAC will include XLR-RCA adapters, and one 1/8" input. If you need more inputs Decware makes a very good multiple input to single output switching box. With the purchase of both you will come in way less than your proposed budget.
Another vote for a Peachtree.
I have a Nova500 hooked up to Dynaudio Contour 60 and really like it. I get 90% of “best sounding” at a great value if you consider it comes with gobs of power, a very nice DAC, headphone amplifier and MC phono stage. Sure you can get better but for the money I have no regrets.
Thank you to all who have responded so far. I will carefully look over each recommendation.
To initforthemusic. The speakers are Golden Ear Technology model 7 but they may be replaced in the near future. I listen mainly to classic rock and some rock jazz fusion. Also listening more classical symphonic. I prefer an amp that is neutral without sounding bright, or edgy the sound, also not in to over warm amps with boomy or bloated bass response I hope that answers your questions.
To jackd, The Audio Flight 3 S sounds like an interesting choice. Need to check out some reviews. I want to make sure it can drive the Magneplanar .7 speakers
Nice to see the Rogue Cronus Magnum II/III gettting some love here. I just purchased one after 2-3 years with SS (Belles Aria), and am loving tubes! May keep the Belles for the summer months as the tubes do throw a bit of heat into my 11'x13' room.
I find the Rogue CM III has better (incredible actually) soundstaging, detail, and low end vs. the Belles. The Belles can sound a tad on the bright side but "hits" harder. Put on Billie Jean by Michael Jackson and the bass drum will go through your chest.
@audionoobie Thanks for that comparison. I have a Belles Aria integrated that I think sounds absolutely wonderful but have pining for a CMIII. I have heard the CMII and, tube rolling aside, it's plus/minus vs the Aria. Never thought the Aria was a bright amp by any stretch but it's all relative. Eager to hear the CMIII next week at a local dealer and see if it's worth the upgrade ...
The NAD M32 is a direct digital amp and it will digitize its analog inputs. The OP clearly stated in the very beginning of his post that he would not need a DAC or any digital circuitry in the integrated amp. The NAD M32 will defeat the purpose.
Don't get me wrong, the NAD M32 received great reviews and I'm sure it is a stellar unit for someone who would require a DAC and therefore would only use its digital inputs.