Best multi channel amp and processor good for 2 channel listening.

Hi All,

I am new to this forum and have a few questions in reference to HT processors.  I am starting from scratch and switching from a Krell S-1000 and S-1500.  I sold the processor a few months back and I going to list here the amp.

I am currently considering the new Bryston 9B3 and the SP4 and decision was based on upgrade ability and warranty. The speakers for HT will be Sonus Faber Grand Piano Home and for 2 channel Verity Otello’s.  My second choice was Classe but I was informed that they have all sales on hold, this is concerning.  I have not listened to either, my choice is based on reviews and the Bryston dealer.  My decision was also based they are both good for two channel, I am not set on this but it will help the budget and space.  I am looking for a warm and good over all sound; some might say 3 dimensional sound, clarity is also a factor.  Actually, all I’ve read in reference to Classe fits the bill.  I would like a couple of other choices to include in my short list and opinions are welcome. The budget for the processor and amp is approx. 22k.  

Thanks to all.....
Hmm, that’s probably the complete opposite of how I would describe the vocals.  They are smooth yet detailed.  If anything I think the amp is fairly true to source, in that the source and quality or recording makes a difference.  If the recording has a “digital” sounding recording, then that’s what you will hear with the amp.  Definitely good idea to demo it again with your own source music, if you didn’t get a chance to do it before.

That’s a great list of integrateds to demo!  If you are doing A/B testing are you bringing your source player, not just CDs?

It could be very well the recording, but I just did not get that grainy sound at home and I am using an old Yamaha receiver. I am not using my Krell, since I am selling it and I have it boxed ready to go.

I did hear it thru a Luxman CD player at the show but at home I used my Arcam CD player. Maybe my Arcam colored the recording enough to sound better, don’t know.
liquidy - like I said, it's really hard to describe this.  The best I can do is to say the sound is so smooth and smoothed over that it sounds like liquid.  lol
Could be the characteristic of the integrated as well, if possible you should take your Arcam with you if that’s what you will be using at home.  

Just out of curiosity, which CD or tracks did you hear that sounded grainy?  Could try to give a whirl, but need to let mine settle and run for a while.