user poll on seperates vs integrated

Hey guys, I wanted to try and crowd-source some (likely very opinionated, unscientific) knowledge.  I've read about the benefits of separates (have only ever used integrated myself), and I'm wondering how those benefits compare to the benefits of higher end parts/assembly, when controlled for cost.


To put it more plainly, would you likely get better overall results from a $5000 preamp and $5000 amp, or from a $10,000 integrated, given the likely quality/components used in equipment in those price ranges.


If you're experienced both separates, and integrated amps that cost the equivalent of those separate parts added together, can you speak to which you preferred?


Thanks for weighing in.


Your query is not simple, and you have already received some fair advice for both approaches.  The foundation to base your decision on your path will likely depend on whether you have found your "forever" loudspeakers.  If so, then you can go either way with each approach having pros and cons.  

A well-conceived Integrated simplifies your system with fewer interconnects as "eric_squires" points out.  Choosing the right integrated is then the key.  For myself, I wouldn't settle on price alone as the sole criterion. 

Personally, my system is built around a pair of very fine mono blocks, located near my loudspeakers and a really fine preamplifier.  My preamplifier has a very low output impedance, so that it is very capable of driving quality single ended interconnects the distance required to the amps.  This keeps speaker cables short.  

As a sidebar, avoid placing your equipment between your loudspeakers.  If I had the disposable income, I would likely choose an Ypsilon Phaethon integrated and live happily ever after. Others have provided recommendations for some other less expensive and very good options as well.

Happy hunting & listening.

I barely heard a difference if any from.the Luxman L590 AXII vs M900u & C900u. Im sure there people convince themselves due to the price difference, its a pchyological thing.  Like a pre amp, heard a 10k vs a 1k one and I heard zero differences.  

Seperates are great but require even more $$$ for power and interconnect cabling. Coming from a $100k all Shindo system I'm honestly toying with going with the simpliest (but bad-ass) rig of a Lumin P1 + ATC powered SCM150's. Add a pair or good xlr cables and done....