For $2,000 I'd suggest the Hegel H80 integrated amp which includes a built in DAC.
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thanks, Bill, for the great idea about the Hegel. I really like that thought. And, Duvallite, I love the Silverlines. I have them on my desktop. They are both really lively but also totally non-fatiguing and easy to listen to. They are completely non-fussy about placement. Most remarkable about them is how well they image and how big they sound. I'm not a big bass person, if you are, you might want a sub. But they go lower than you would expect, given their size. Right now, I just have them set up with the Marantz pm5004 amplifier (basically a $350 amplifier) which isn't a bad combination at all. I'm just wondering what they might be like with better electronics, hence my query. I have heard people using both solid state and tubes with the Silverlines, so the Sphinx might be a nice match. Let me know if you do this. I'd be very curious.
The original Minuets provided one of the most surprising demos at an audio show I've heard. Fantastic little speakers. At that NYC show they were powered by Monarchy amps, SM70 maybe? The sound and imaging was absolutely stunning, and his source was a mid-fi CD player he picked up at a garage sale. Not integrated though so you'd need a separate pre and don't think they make an integrated. Also like the Hegel recommendation.
I've had the Rogue Medusa in my system and thought its imaging and soundtage among other things were outstanding. If the Sphinx retains those strengths it could be quite a match with the Minuets I'd think.
Also consider contacting Alan Yun for his recommendations. He's a super nice guy. Then again, the Minuets sounded soooooo damn good with the Monarchys. Sublime. Best of luck.