I got an Emotive a-100 4 months ago and have been really impressed. Sale priced at $149, 50 real watts @ 8ohms, volume control, looks great, what's not to like.
I'm thinking of going with the new minidsp 2x4 HD as a DAC with all the room correction & bass management apps minidsp has on their site. Just add their UMIK-1 for calibration and the total pkg is $275. I could spend hours on the minidsp site looking at all their options, both hardware and software. ICE amp plates with or w/o dsp for $175-$275 each! Great reviews from all the DIY forums
But also, check out ELAC's new option to add power modules to each of their speakers. They're supposed to have bass management via low power bluetooth. Lots of great options out there.
crenca - I've been looking at the iFi units too and have read nothing but great things about ALL of their gear. I'm surprised they don't have any small amp options. Though their focus is on headphones it would seem they'ed make a killing with two mono amps flanking one of their iDACs.