FWIW, I ended up picking up a used Meridian 551 integrated amp and a Monoprice HDMI -> component video and stereo audio DAC to connect the AppleTV2 I shifted from the living room to the bedroom. (I bought an ATV3 for the living room to replace it.) It's is attractively designed, and reasonably compact at about 13" x 13" x 3.5".
I would have gotten a Peachtree Audio Nova. It's expensive, but I like the way it looks and had a small separate phono preamp I could've used. And, being a long-time Atlantan, I also like the brand name. Had Peachtree been civilized enough to acquire electrical safety certification from an OSHA-approved NRTL, I would've picked one up. But the lack of proper safety certification makes me wonder where else corners were cut.
The 551's not perfect. While it has a phono preamp built-in, it lacks bass management or even preout/main-in loop to allow me to highpass-filter the mains via the sub's plate amp. But I quickly learned that the product I want - a compact and attractive integrated amp or receiver a remote control, and ideally a phono preamp, at least one digital preamp, and some form of bass management - simply doesn't exist.
I'm a little surprised that the "high end" industry has come up so short in this market. Many "budget" integrates out there (Music Hall, Cambridge, NAD etc.) are simply too large. Except for Luddites and retro fetishists, why would anyone willing to use a box that big go for something so obviously inferior in functionality and (due to the lack of room correction) sonics to, say, an Anthem MRX 300 receiver? On the same speakers, ARC and good bass management will invariably lead to superior sonics over a more primitive device.
Add that to the fact that most of the so-called high enders are too cheap/lazy/classless to get the proper NRTL electrical safety certifications - NAD is, here, a notable exception - and no wonder why none of them can offer a satisfying product. They don't understand what "premium" means, any more, except for "high priced."