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Sorry for the lack of details. I definitely want used. My budget for an integrated is capped at 4300.00. I think the Tannoys are somewhere around 91 or 92db but it takes some balls to make them do what they are supposed to. I think they are closer to 87 or 88db. New speakers will be smaller maybe open baffle maybe the size of the devore orangantans My 25w Decware Torii does not complement these Tannoys. Id like an old Levinson or Marantz or Pass if possible. I like the Parasound so I am definately considering there integrated. I really think John Curl’s stuff is comparable to Pass and Levinson especially considering price points.
I’ll throw a out a few suggestions that I’ve owned which meet your criteria:
-Micromega M100 (great DAC, Room Correction)
-Parasound HALO (great flexibility)
-Denon PMA 1600ne (good DAC, great Phono)
-Gold Note IS-1000 (great DAC, great Phono)
I’m currently using the Denon, and am very impressed how good it sounds. It’s very well-rounded, and the biggest surprise is how good the phono section performs.
You may have a different set of priorities, but unless space were at an absolute premium I would consider separating the amplification from DAC duties. Why? Because a wonderful integrated like a Pass Labs, Luxman, Accuphase, etc. is nearly timeless and is likely to have a useful life span exceeding that of a DAC section due to the rapid evolution of that technology. That said, I admit the Lyngdorf is an intriguing package, I would like to hear it myself.
I am also moving away from Decware tubes (not the sound so much but the wattage, and damping needed). I don't know that I could stay for an all in one system though. Integrated thinking ids fine up to a point, but who knows if there is an 'all in one' component out there, doing everything right? My opinion on most any digital amp is to stay away a bit longer until that technology has evolved a bit more. Some new stuff is out there, but way out of hand pricing for mortals like us. Hybred tube/transistor designs offer good performance, with a chance of rolling a bit of your own taste into the sound.
I downsized from separates to a Modwright KWI200 which has more power than I’d ever utilize. Bought it used for $2100. I called Modwright to inquire about replacing the cheap plastic remote with the metal one, and after a few minutes on the phone another question I posed had me directed to Dan Modwright himself. Sheesh!
A customer who’d purchased one of their models USED could speak to the owner. THAT’s someone I will do business with again
Your price range will allow you to buy a very good integrated without a built-in DAC. IMHO forgiving that preference will allow you buy a better separate DAC.
I’m not a huge fan of integrated but I would have no qualms suggesting used Ayre integrated amps. We use one in the family room system and it’s been hooked to all kinds of speakers . My better half is fine with my many gadgets and dozen or so amplifiers and preamps that I mess with in my basement studio but the family room has to have decorating in order to keep the happy wife happy life. I too would still use an outboard dac. Cuzthat’s the part that will age fastest.