Amp question with size constraints

I am in the process of looking to upgrade my amplifier (presently a Rega Brio R), but I am faced with size constraints: given the built-ins I have, I cannot really go much beyond 13 inches in depth. The trouble of course is that better amps tend to be larger in size. 

To add another wrinkle, I primarily listen to vinyl (via custom Linn Sondek TT w/ MC cartridge and Fyne floorstanders). I've seen positive reviews of smaller Cambridge and NAD integrated amps, but they tend to focus on the digital side of things. What I'm wondering is whether an integrated amp with my size constraints would work well with my setup for vinyl, or alternatively if there is a good power amp within that scale that I could just pair with a decent phono preamp. 

I am not married to any particular approach but am not really sure which way to go at this point. Help me, Obi-Wan, etc.


Let me also recommend AGD amps. I too have Fyne speakers (F-1-8) and a pair of Tempo amps. I bi-amp the Fynes. 

A single Tempo has plenty of power to drive the Fynes, but the advantage of two amps is the advantage of mono-blocks... better imaging. So I would recommend a pair of AGD Audion mono-blocks for not much more than a single Tempo. 

I also use and recommend a good tube preamp, but I haven't heard the AGD preamps.

One of the best amplifiers out there is also one of the most compact -- the Benchmark AHB2. It has the best distortion measurements in the industry, and I can tell you from experience that it is very musical, detailed, and engaging -- and it sounds wonderful with vinyl. If you pair it with the Benchmark LA4 preamp, you will have a top level system that takes up very little space. 



+1 on Benchmark. Get that combo with the BMS cables or the Blue Jeans equivalent and you will never look back. Perhaps you can sell on your present cables and offset the price.

@polanskyd My wife was born in Toronto.

For a diminutive phono stage I'd consider the SOTA Pxyi, the Cambridge Audio Alva Duo - on sale - or the Andrew Fidler MC Pro sold by Classic Audio Limited . I am evaluating the Pro right now and it is great. The Pxyi should be a treat with your Linn.

The AGDs sound very appealing but I'll confess I was hoping to keep it under 10k, as I would need the phono preamp as well.

The Benchmark sounds great and would fit specwise. They don't seem to make a preamp with a phono stage though. Is there a particular one that would be recommended to pair with the Benchmark?

I am located in Toronto.


If you have to have an integrated consider the Accuphase range. They have plug in boards for a DAC and a MC/MM phono stage. This would be a considerable upgrade from what you have, and the Canadian prices are on par with reality. I’d reckon there would be a dealer in Toronto.