I'm looking for a "nice" 2.1 channel system for my bedroom. I haven't yet selected speakers but they will be bookshelf of some sort. My objectives are good sound (audiophile not necessary considering my sources) and a quality, unique look and feel are high on my priorities.
I'm looking at an integrated amp primarily to minimize backlit screens and unnecessary lights. My girlfriend is extremely light sensitive when she is trying to sleep. It's very normal for me to wake up and find any available clothing article draped over my backlit clock, cell phone, etc. I have a HTPC in the bedroom which I play music/movies from. Digital inputs would be ideal but it doesn't appear many integrateds have them yet. I probably won't invest in an outboard DAC so if the integrated doesn't have digital in I'll probably do PC headphone to RCA. Lastly, I also want a remote.
I have found the Peachtree Decco & Nova units. Plenty of digital inputs making it great for a HTPC system. My understanding is if the tube section is bypassed the tube doesn't light which could be a bonus. Some reviewers have said they can't tell a difference. I love the wood retro look too but the Nova is pricey for a limited use bedroom system. I'm concerned the Decco could be underpowered depending on my speaker choice & the Nova may be borderline.
I also ran across the Yamaha A-S1000 with wood side panels. I really love the look and it meets the low light output objective. No digital inputs though. Retail is very steep but I have seen "open box" deals around $1000. Still fairly steep...
So aside from those two units what else is out there that might fit the bill? I'm kind of into the wood retro look if done well. If not retro, I like clean geometric lines. Creek stuff comes to mind but it's well above my price target for this system. I have reviewed NAD's models quite a few times but find them pretty generic looking.
I'm also open to non-current models. Thanks for input