I did a fair bit of search before deciding on my integrated amp (and I had a budget similar to yours - altough I did try some of the more expensive gear):
Here are the products I considered:
- Rega Mira 3
- Primare I21, I30
- Roksan Kandy, Caspian
- Marantz 15si
- Cyrus 6vs2 and 8vs2
- Creek 5350SE, Destiny
- Cambridge Audio (740A, 840A)
- Densen B110, B150
- T&A (PA 1230R)
- Rotel RA1062, RA1070
- Music Fidelity A3.2, X series
- Several others (including chinese brands like Opera Consonance, Vincent etc.)
Most of the products above are mid to high end of the spectrum.
The final decision should be based on how the amp integrates with the rest of your gear (eg. Speakers etc.) as well as your own preference of sound.
I ended up buying Densen B-110 which, in my opinion, is one of the best value for money..
Here's the reason I bought it:
(a) Exceptional sound - a terrific combination of finesse and power
(b) Densen excels at driving speakers of difficult load
(c) Very well damped - has a tight control over bass
(d) Very elegant looks (minimalist, cool and very chic)
(e) Can be easily upgraded (to B-150) if I so choose. Has a life-time warranty
(f) It works very well with my speakers and in my room - I love the sound
check out the manufacturer website:http://www.densen.dk/index.php?page=...s&produkt=b110
Densen is very popular in Europe. Unfortunately, not very commonly available in the US (not sure where you are located).
Also, I have heard Monitor Audio RS6 (fine speakers! - if you are in Europe, make sure you audition Densen)..