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You could start by looking through the Audiogon classifieds for a lightly used amp. With a $2000 budget you'll find a larger selection if you go used.
Would you consider a used Raven Nighthawk integrated to be a better move than buying, say, the Parasound A23+ new and using my m2si as a preamp? This is kind of where I'm at decision-wise.
I ask this particularly as I have (supposedly) very high sensitivity speakers and right now I'd rather have fewer watts that sound better than the other way around.
A long time ago I had a much better audio system and I know I'm missing a lot when I play recordings that I know really well. For instance, on Holly Cole's train song I know the person doing all the funny percussion effects moves around the soundstage from right to left and front to back and you can clearly hear that on a good system.
I miss that level of clarity. Everything is kind of scrunched up and fuzzy right now, sound wise. Can I fix that at least partly without spending over $2K?
Right now I am running Roon to a Chord Mojo, the m2si, and then to the Tektons which I really like. I really like the Mojo too, actually, so it's the m2si that seems to be the weak link.
Upon study, it seems I am looking for something like a First Watt amp but you don't see them for sale very often and not at my price level. I had a Linn LK280 some years ago and that was a great amp but it ran so hot it burned the boards which is what keeps me from buying a used Klout.
I think like 10 watts class A used or the like is what I want, used.
Would you consider a used Raven Nighthawk integrated to be a better move than buying, say, the Parasound A23+ new and using my m2si as a preamp?A tube integrated would be a better way to go than using the MF as a preamp.
Raven builds highly regarded components, you should check user reviews of that amp.
I second adding Quicksilver and Decware to your list.