how about either a Vincent hybrid or a McIntosh with autoformers?
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An Ayre AX-7 would be a big upgrade from what you have now. If you needed a lot of power the MF would be an OK choice. For SQ though, I feel the Ayre is much better. The new MF gear made outside the UK just doesn't sound like their old stuff.
Your speakers sound good with tubes, as well. Maybe look at a Rogue integrated. Excellent sound for the money and made in the US.
If a used Hegel H300 shows up used it might be in your price range and has a good DAC in it as well -- that's what I'd do. Or, if you want to buy new and can work with 74wpc their new H80 could be worth a look as it uses a similar preamp section and amp technology from the H300. Also like the Ayre recommendation. Best of luck.
A long overdue update: I ended up finding a great deal on a Hegel H200. At first it didn't seem to have the right synergy with my Proac Response 1SCs, but upgrading to Clarus Aqua interconnects speaker cables made all the difference, and now I'm quite thrilled what I'm hearing. Thanks again for all your suggestions.