The Anthem Integrated 2 is a pretty good unit, but $1700 is a lot of money and there are many different quality integrated amps at or below that price. Also, because it is a hybrid, it may need a bit of tweaking/tube rolling to get the best performance. I'm not a tweaker, so I used my unit in stock form. The only thing I didn't particularly like about the Anthem (in my system) was that the steps in the volume control were too big. One step was too low, the next too loud. Now, my speakers are very efficient and that may has added to this issue. Other than that, I liked it. I bought several integrated amps and prefered them in this order:
Arcam Alpha 9 least favorite $600 used
Bryston B-60R Sorry Bryston fans $1100 used
Anthem Integrated 2 $800 new
Arcam Alpha 10 My favorite (I still have it) $850 used
Hope this helps a bit.