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Aesthetix Mimas DAC/ Phonostage Card Question
I have a Mimas with the DAC card. It replaced An Ayre integrated and a Codex DAC. I find the internal DAC card to be much more natural sounding then the Codex, as good as that DAC is. I can't say if it will sound better than the MW Oppo. I used to... 
After years of separates, I'm going integrated. Anyone else do the same?
One other integrated to consider is the Aesthetix Mimas integrated. You can add a phono card and a DAC card but they are both optional. When I bought mine I compared, in my system, Hegel 360, Luxman 590, Ayre AX-5/20, Ayre EX-8. I almost bought th... 
From Benz to?
My dealer often plays his personal Benz LPS on an AMG turntable in his main demo room. It's a great cartridge as you know however, his alternate cartridge is the Clearaudio Stradivari v2 MC cartridge. Given your description of the sound you are lo... 
What is your favorite cover?
Warren Haynes One (U2)  
Your single most significant purchase mistake?
NHT 3.3's. I bought them after Corey Greenberg's rave review. I could never get them to sound good in my house. I moved on to Vandersteen 3's.  
Anybody familiar with both Aesthetix and Audio Research?
I am an Aesthetix lover and currently own the Mimas Integrated amp. I owned the Aesthetix Calypso for many years with Quicksilver tube monoblocks and it was a great combination. When I switched to a Pass 250.5 the Calypso did not work well with it... 
High End Intergraded comparisons, Marantz, McIntosh, Levinson, Luxman....
You’ve gotten some really great advice here but I will add another one to consider, the Aesthetix Mimas integrated. You can add a phono card and a DAC card but they are both optional. When I bought mine I compared, in my system, Hegel 360, Luxman ... 
Suggestions for an integrated upgrade please
As rbstehno said, the NHT 3.3's do not work well with all amps. I owned a pair for 7 years and experimented with a few different amps and eventually settled on separates. An Audio Research SP-10 and a Counterpoint NPS 400, both of which had tubes.... 
East Coast Service center referral needed for an ARC D-300.2 amp
You might want to try John Rutan at the Audio Connection in Verona, NJ. I know his technician recently serviced my friends D300.   
30 to 50 watts seems to be all I desire
Just out of curiosity, did you check to see if there was an impedance mismatch between your amp and preamp? I had a similar problem with an Audible Illusions preamp going into an Ayre V3. I could not get past 9 o'clock on the preamp without blowin... 
Integrated upgrade recomendations
You might find this review of the Quad Vena II used with Wharfedale Lintons relevant to your search:   https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/wharfedale-linton-loudspeaker-and-quad-vena-ii-integrated-amplifier    
Products you added to your system in 2021 that made most impact to your music enjoyment
I added the internal DAC card in my Aesthetix Mimas integrated amplifier to replace my Ayre Codex. The improvement was very significant despite the relatively low cost of the DAC card. The only other change I made was to upgrade my AQ Castle Rock ... 
A decent integrated amp under 2K ...
If you can live without a remote the Quicksilver integrated is a vey special amp that sounds great and is super reliable. It will have no trouble driving your speakers.  Also, made in the USA. Good Luck!  
Preamp recommendations for my system please
The Aesthetix Calypso or Pallene might be a good fit and are both balanced designs and sound great in every system I have heard them in.. Both are hybrid designs. I have not heard either with any Parasound amps so some additional research may be r... 
Solid state amp recommendations for Maggies?
The Belles Virtuoso amplifier is an outstanding match with Magnepan speakers. The Audio Connection demos it with the the 1.7's and 3.7's if you are nearby NJ. Good Luck!