If you are looking for sound quality the Mcintosh wins. If you are looking for the best deal that is up to you to decide. If you want great two channel music maybe you should think about seperates. A Mcintosh MC352 paired with an older refurbished Mcintosh pre-amp, maybe a MciIntosh C40, would be ideal. You can pair a Mcintosh amp with any pre-amp and you will be impressed at the sound quality you receive.