Class A integrated amp recommendations

Greetings 'goners after a prolonged absence from posting here but  eavesdropping on your conversations in the interim! I was hoping to get some feedback on your experiences with class A integrated amps. My audio journey thus far provides some context.

The core of my system, Sim Audio Moon I5 integrated, Joseph Audio RM7si Signature on 20” Sound Anchor stands has remained unchanged for about 20 years. Sources are Sim Audio Moon Nova and Rega Jupiter2000 CD players, Sim Audio Moon LP3 phono for my AR ES-1 turntable with Audio-Technica AT-VM95SH cartridge. Cables are Zu Audio.

Primary music interests are acoustic jazz, small scale classical, classical/crossover, some orchestral; but I can, and do, veer all over the map when a bout of nostalgia hits: classic and prog rock, punk, grunge, reggae, singer/songwriter. For me, it’s always been about the music. The stereo is only a tool. It is not the work. During that time I’ve not felt the need or urge to chase gear. I enjoy music.

Until about 6 months ago when I acquired a new turntable: Technics SL-1210GR with Audio Technica AT33PTG/II and Ortofon 2M Black cartridges. Then a PS Audio Stellar phono. And now, as I’m about to retire, I feel like a kid! Those Blue Note reissues have awakened some kind of Mr. Hyde in me that wants to try new stuff!

Hence this post. Your experiences with Class A integrateds feeding speakers similar to mine would be greatly appreciated. I'm intrigued by, but have not heard, gear from Pass Labs, Sugden, and Luxman. Of course, cost is a concern as the law of diminishing returns keeps me away from the insanity of uber-pricing.

Kind Regards


The hybrid Modwright integrated is another excellent choice.

Had it for about 6 months and gets better and better



+1 for the Krell K300i.   I own one and after 3 years, I still love it.   The Krell replaced a Prima Luna HP Dialogue Integrated tube amp.


Good hunting for great listening!

+1 for the Krell, I owned a Coda CSiB, Prima Luna Evo 400 integrated and was able to audition the Krell 300i.  The Coda and Krell were outstanding.  There was something really special about the Krell.  I ended up getting the stand alone amps Krell 300xd Duo because of how blown away I was by the 300i.  If you are looking for true class A amplification Krell is really hard to beat, the CSiB also does Class A but then shifts to A/B.  Coda is an awesome piece as well, if you find one used, tremendous value, build quality is fantastic.  Luxman gets high marks and makes some true class A amplification along with Pass, both seem to be a bit more polarizing, people either love their house sound or some don’t.  Honestly haven’t heard anyone that doesn’t like the Krell.


I don’t believe Hegel makes a class A integrated amp.  My H390 is class A/B as I believe are all the H models.

Having Said that,  I am very happy with the neutral/slightly warm sound I get from the H390.😀