I have had an Odyssey Stratos HT3 since 2006. It was first used with a HT pre-pro, then a Conrad Johnson PV-11. If you can abide the limited feature-set of the C-J, used units, when they come up, are in your price range. Great MM phono section, too. The sound was excellent, but since I needed more range in the balance control than the C-J offered, I upgraded to a McIntosh C220. Now out of production, used units are probably a tad over your budget. I bought mine used from Audio Classics. I recently upgraded the HT3's left and right channels to full Kismet status. The match is great, although the Kismet is a bit more neutral and less warm than the Stratos, and less forgiving of bad source material. Still, on good recordings, this pairing really sounds great. Spacious soundstage, excellent detail, decay, and explosive dynamics. I would try to get something with tubes in it if possible. If it's still around, there is a Croft preamp for sale here that is cheap. I haven't heard it, but Croft gear is highly regarded. Good luck.