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Recommendations on integrated amps
The Audiolab 6000a is a popular choice in your price range.  
Is a GAn amp worth the switch?
I paired up a GaN 400 with a Rogue RP-1 preamp to very nice results. Didn't hear the usual class D issues (treble hardness, etc.). Switched the stock output tubes in the Rogue to Gold Lions and was rewarded with more detail and instrument separati... 
What are the best GaN Amplifiers available today?
Paired my GaN 400 with a Rogue RP-1. After upgrading the stock tubes in the Rogue to Gold Lions, I'm getting very nice results -- not at all like the typical class D I've heard in the recent past (also the case before the recent tube swap, but now... 
Best EXTERNAL DAC suggestions
+1 for the Denafrips Ares/Enyo - especially if you're looking for warmth and soundstage.  
New DAC! Meitner MA3, Denafrips Terminator Plus, Holo May KTE, Mola Mola Tambaqui
@ghdprentice Fair enough!  
New DAC! Meitner MA3, Denafrips Terminator Plus, Holo May KTE, Mola Mola Tambaqui
@ghdprentice Sorry, didn't intend to lecture. Let me put it this way -- most people, even car enthusiasts, would consider a Toyota Camry a mid-priced car, not a budget car. And virtually anyone would call a top-of-the-line Lexus a luxury car. Both... 
New DAC! Meitner MA3, Denafrips Terminator Plus, Holo May KTE, Mola Mola Tambaqui
@ghdprentice Sure, a $2,300 DAC isn't high end, but budget? It may be time for some real-world perspective. $230 is budget. $2300 for a DAC is beyond the means of many, many people. (And $2,300 is probably more than a non-audiophile would spend fo... 
Audio Hungaray Qualiton A50i vs LTA Z40+ Integrated
I should add that the Ifi streamer is a transport only -- it doesn't have an internal dac. If you choose that one, you'll either need to buy an external dac (usually the better option) or get an integrated amp with a dac built in. Of course, the c... 
Audio Hungaray Qualiton A50i vs LTA Z40+ Integrated
I’m one of those who’d argue that weak links in the audio chain will drag down the overall performance of the system. Bluetooth is (I think we can all agree) the worst-sounding streaming option. I’d definitely look into a dedicated streamer. Among... 
How rare is an audiophile
Let’s see, my high-school English teacher, a former doctor, the guy who redid the floors in our house, and (most likely) the three people I’ve sold gear to on Audiogon. I never thought that was a lot of people until I read this thread!  
There's No Question
I love my DIs. I make no wild claims about them sounding better than $20,000 speakers (for one thing, I’ve never heard $20k speakers), but I do think they sound better than a couple of $5k speakers I’ve auditioned. They’re definitely a good value.... 
Why do almost all women today hate home audio?
My wife likes good music and good sound but is completely uninterested in gear. Of course, I’ll make the point that the gear is how you GET the good sound, but that argument seems to be unpersuasive. :) Anyway, I’m just happy she tolerates my big ... 
Bluesound Node 2 producing distortion and dropouts
I can't vouch for the claims here, but some Node owners have complained about the units failing after about 3 years.... https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/b-s-node-2i-brick-yet-another-one  
I found audio nirvana....
I can enjoy good music on computer speakers or a cheap boombox, like a normal person, and I certainly don’t look down on anyone who finds that good enough. But for me there’s a whole other layer of immersion and enjoyment when I hear the same musi... 
Starting from scratch and say $5000
Have you taken a look at Buchardt's offerings? Their speakers and their integrated amp have been well-reviewed and are well-liked in the audio community. The S400 bookshelf speakers are supposed to have the warmer tone you prefer (while still offe...