Audio Refinement Complete. And no, not because I have one for sale but because I think it sounds damned good for the money and fits in your budget.
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Sonic FRontiers produces an integrated amp under the Anthem name that might be of interest. It does not have a phono stage but does combine a solid state amplifier with a tube preamp that We felt outperformed our combo of a Adcom GFA-555 and Anthem Pre-2l tube pre-amp. We used one in our system until power needs surpassed the integrated's limit (90 watts @ 8, 145 watts @ 4). I realize that with a retail of $1800 you may not have considered it, but We have one for sale and would be willing to sell for very close to your budget. (You can find a review of the Anthem Int 2 at www.soundstage.com under the Archives link) Email if interested. Best of Luck
Curt and Emily
The Bryston, Anthem Int 2 and Audio Refinement Complete all are a little outside my price range, more like $800-900, plus phono stage. However, reading the reviews (both pro and consumer) seem to indicate they are worth it. I guess I'll just have to wait a few months 'til I can scrape up the cash for the difference.
Amongst consumer reviewists at Audioreview.com who actually listened to a large selection of amps in this price range, they seemed to split pretty evenly between the B-60 and the Complete. Since I would like to have a low-maintenence system (no tubes) that pretty much narrows my choices. Thanks for the input.