I suppose I can be a BIT flexible on #5 if that opens up the options. However, I'm confused by the BAT responders. The vk5i has a unity gain, I think, which is an HT bypass. However, I thought that the Bat vk3ix remote did not have source switching. It would be odd that the older 3i and 5i have it? What am I missing?
The Audio Horizons was recommended to me, but this isn't fully balanced. Thanks for the rec on Sunfire Bostonaudi, but I do want fully balanced. Should be possible in my price range (I hope). My current preamp (Simaudio P5) meets all of these criteria, I got it for under 2k, it's just not a tuber.
Thanks for the responses so far - keep the help coming please.