Linn Majik integrated amp or Linn Classik integrated amp with integrated CD player. $550 used for the Majik, $1000-ish for the Classik with tuner (older models are sans tuner). -Kirk
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Definitely YBA Integre DT. Don't bother with the single transform version even though it is cheaper. It won't be enough power for the Concertinos. I've seen 3 DTs go in the 1100-1200 range in the last 4 months on audiogon and ebay so there are sellers.
And the bonus is if you get an Integre you will be so far up the hi-fi ladder you might find you don't need anything else.
Cyrus makes a bunch of different integrateds. Cyrus 3
with PSX power supply should be within $1000 used.
Audiolab 8000S would go quite well.
Densen B100 (I own) is a great little amp, slightly less
powerful than the previous two, but perhaps a bit more
Newer Arcam models seem to get glowing reviews, but I haven't heard them myself.
Of the above I think there's a few currently for sale on
As others have previously mentioned, the Bryston BP-60 is an excellent choice that will mate well with many speakers and comes with a 20 year transferrable warranty. I personally have always been impressed with Creek integrated amplifiers, their phono sections are unbelieveable for the price, and their are many available on Audiogon for less than your budget. There are some great deals available from a number of retailers on Anthem integrated amplifiers that may be the best bang for the buck out there now. Good luck.
As mentioned above, the Audio Refinement Complete and the Audio Analogue Puccini SE are two of the finest integrated's avaiable. Especially if you tend to like a smoother, warmer, more laid back sound, both of these amps provide very tube-like sound, even though they are completely solid state. In my opinion, either one of these would outperform the likes of Creek, entry level Musical Fidelity, etc. The only concern might be that both are only ~50 wpc.
I also agree with Drewfidelity... there seem to be a lot of Anthem integrated's at great prices these days. I just saw an INT 2 here on AudiogoN last week go for $550 (retail used to be $1800). The INT 2 is a hybrid, 90wpc, and if you can find one at around that price used, I think it is a steal.
Thanks to all for their suggestions... I went and listened to the Audiomat Arpege at a dealer today. Beautiful amp, I will keep my eye open for a used one.
I also checked out the Bryston which didnt do much for me after the Audiomat, but I will also try and check out the Audio Refinement.
As for the Linn... I used to have one of these without the tuner, but my wife hated the controls. Sonically it was great.
Thanks to all for your suggestions, I feel closer to a decision now.
There is a used Primare A20 Mk II listed at $1000. You don't hear a lot about them, but I've been using one for about a year and have been very impressed. I have to qualify my opinion since I moved up to it from an old Luxman receiver and just recently did a substantial upgrade. On the other hand, I listened to a number of amplifiers in the $3-6 thousand range that I didn't like as well as the Primare. Unfortunately, I only got to listen to four of them at home.
Two sounded better than the Primare and two didn't. I ended up with Clayton M70's.