Responses from donjr

Upgrading form Pass integrated amplifier to a better one
I'm not going to read through this entire thread but I hope you're still considering the Accuphase E-650. You can't compare it to the 470 so erase that experience from your mind. The Gryphon is good but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the differ... 
Classe or McIntosh Is Classe going out of businesssed
Nobody should feel bad about Classe folding. they started digging their grave a very long time ago. A mini Kodak. 
Luxman L 590 ax
I would try it. As long as you understand the limitations. I run a Accuphase E600 with Harbeth Super HL 5 Plus and a REL B3 and it's not going anywhere.  
I Find Primalunas Ugly. How about You? Is there an alternative?
I used to own some Hegel gear that I thought was ugly but it sounded very good. I sucked it up because I liked the sound. Then I had the misfortune of listening to a class A  Accuphase amp and that was the end of the Hegel (and luckily not my marr... 
How important is component “aesthetics” to you?
It had nothing to do with choices I've made. Hey, I owned a Hegel that I thought was uglier than any piece of gear I've ever owned and I bought it new. I did however find I like the sound qualities of  Accuphase much better and I do find the Accup... 
Just switched from McIntosh C2500/2600 to ARC Ref 6, initial thoughts
Did you consider Accuphase? 
Accuphase DP-430
I haven't heard one but I'll probably end up with one within the next year to go with my E600. I'll let you know. 
How do i know
There’s someone on here that goes by sidekick_i who owns a shop in Stockholm and carries some very well respected audio brands. I’m sure he or she would be able to help you out. 
integrated amp recommendations needed
I'd love to hear one of those Yamaha integrated amps. The look beautiful and the Japanese are masters when it comes to integrated amps. 
Hegel vs Rogue
I owned the Rogue Cronus Magnum and then the Hegel H200. I'll be honest, I liked the Rogue better but that's not comparing apples to apples. I found my dream integrated in an Accuphase class A. The Hegel was nice but I don't ever think about it. I... 
integrated amp recommendation needed
Save more money. 
CD players = dead?
Jim @ soundsrealaudio, thank you. That sounds more my speed. 
Stay away from the nad
I owned a great NAD integrated I bought new in 1997. It did end up in the shop a couple of times. It sounded great when it worked. 
CD players = dead?
I'm still a huge fan of CD's and CD players. I've been buying CD's for 30 years, they're cheap, a lot of them sound great and remasters continue to come out. The players also keep getting better. I like to listen to a handful of discs on a Friday ... 
Accuphase Integrated Amp - E600 or E470
greginnh, I just read through this and noticed you ended up pulling the trigger on the E-600. Are you glad you did?