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Join Date: Dec 2007
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I suggest that you look at the Music Hall A15.2 amplifier.
IMO it is the best-sounding amplifier you can get for under $1000.
It is only $499 at Music Direct, which is a steal!
You will need a separate DAC, but IMO a separate DAC is always best; putting a DAC in an amplifier makes it difficult to keep the noise out of the amplifier circuits, which is just a needless problem to be solved, at extra expense.
The OPPO BDP-103 is only $499, and it is far better for CD and SACD playback than anything else at its price, plus it is also a DVD player.
The OPPO BDP-95 is possibly the best cd player in the world for under $10,000, but it does cost $995. It is an amazing bargain for that price, but $995 is still $995.