Recommendations on integrated amps


Im looking for recommendations for some of the most generally popular integrated amps in the $500 to $1500ish range…new or used.

Ok before everyone gets all Andy Rooney on me here is the deal….Im looking to use this amp in our family farms workshop where we fix equipment and also maintain our pulling tractors and I need something a little better than the $50 boom box or whatever you’d call it from Wal Mart😁🙂…..basically I’m always busy with no time to spare so I’m willing to put my faith in my fellow audiophiles😊…. 

The $500-1500ish amount is my budget for new or used integrated amp…I have a lightly used pair of BW603 speakers that have a nice layer of dust on them in my storage room for years and to start I intend to probably hook up a Roon nucleus plus server to them because I currently have one of them on my home system and for me it seems easy enough and simple enough to easily navigate for the very basic functionality I need….basically I just pair up Tidal with my Roon and build up playlists from songs I seek over time..

I’d be appreciative of anyone who’s generous enough with their time who can give me some pointers on a good amp choice….no offense to any novices like myself but I’d prefer opinions from those who have some true knowledge and experience on stereo systems as opposed to someone like my neighbor Joe who bought his first ever amp and has claimed it to be the best amp ever made without any experience/knowledge of comparable amps…

Oh man…sorry…this is getting long winded….to put it in a nutshell I just want some popular and reputable recommendations for an integrated amp in my budget range new or used that kinda gives the most bang for the buck….I primarily listen to classic rock and a little old country music but I’ve been dabbling in other genres trying to expand my musical taste….keep in mind it’s just a system that I’d listen to while tinkering around and generally would be played at lower levels and I’m not super critical so just a relatively good clear crisp clean sound….please keep recommendations kinda basic….I don’t want to be overwhelmed and bombarded with too much in depth information where I come out of this more uncertain than when I came in☹️😁😁😁🙂….


I have what I consider a descent home system…Mac C52…Mac…?..I can’t even remember….I think it’s the 452 quad balanced amp….pair of JL audio Phantom f12 subs and a pair of Jbl S4900 speakers along with JPS labs Superconductor 3 interconnects throughout and some isolators on subs and speakers….I forget the brand….Im pretty happy with it…granted I haven’t had the time or means to do a lot of research and comparisons prior to purchasing all this….just kinda went with what the local hifi shop had that was within my means and bought the Mac stuff partly because I just liked the look…but no regrets…its good enough for my ears…I’m sure there is a better sound I’d like but until I have the time and means to find it I’ll listen to my current system as music therapy to help cope with the fact that I don’t have the holy grail system that would blow away my ears in comparison to what I currently have😊😊😊

Thanks in advance for anyone willing to help!!

Much Appreciated



Any unit must either have USB or HDMI inputs to connect directly to the Nucleus, or have network/Wifi and be Roon ready. Guessing the Wi-Fi/Roon is the best option here. I like NAD, they usually punch above their weight. Maybe give Music Direct a call and they can give you some good options. 

If I were to get a unit without a dac and used an external dac what kinda price range are good dacs selling for? How much affect on the sound do various dacs on the cost spectrum have on sound quality?  I’ve considered a Musical Fidelity Tri Vista but it doesn’t have a dac

I've said this on other posts previously, but Denon, Marantz, Pioneer, and Onkyo are all owned by one company now, Sound United. This doesn't necessarily signal a reduction in quality, but sometimes it can when one owner company is looking to maximize profits by either using cheaper components or by combining manufacturing facilities to get to the cheapest production costs possible. But Yamaha has managed to avoid being bought out, still manufactures all of their integrated amps themselves, and has the highest reliability ratings in the industry. Others have mentioned Yamaha as well and I think it's your safest bet. No, I do not own stock in Yamaha.

For AV I’m using a Marantz 1510 paired with B&W 603 S2s and BW center, surrounds and subs in a 5.2 set up. In 2 channel mode this sounds fantastic. You won’t have to worry about Bluetooth streaming, a tuner or a DAC as all this is included as well as an MM phono port. With HEOS all you need is an iOS or android device and you’ve got it all.

I purchased this as an open box, but there’s a good selection of used, refurb, and deals on this model. If you only want to use 2 channel, try the Marantz 1200, it simulates surround with the same features.

Marantz 1510