I know the guys in this thread...don't have much experience; with down-sizing, and "lesser" gear...lol
But...I have a question; and you are the devils I know.
I'm looking, for a small-footprint...IA; in the ~$1k range. To drive, EMIT M10s
(and others, I might shoot-out with them. B&W 607s, Revel M105s, Vienna Acoustics Haydn...maybe).
The Rega Brio-R, is the first one to jump to mind. Half-size, decent power; good reviews. I have the excellent, MF M6si; but it is too big, and has more power than I need. I have the also excellent (with the right pairing; like the Revel M106s, but I wouldn't say universally); Arcam A29. I'm pretty sure, I'm going to move them on...and try for this new thing.
Any other suggestions, come to mind? Someone suggested Cyrus; but I don't know enough about the brand to take a chance.
I've thought about NAIM; like a UnitiQute. But I don't want a unit, where there streaming or DAC...goes to "waste"; because it doesn't quite have everything, that I need (TIDAL, MQA, DSD). I have thought about, like a Mytek Liberty...driving a NAIM NAP-100. But again; I don't imagine anyone here...though we are chock full of NAIM guys; has really
heard, the likes of the 100
crossed my mind; that were I to be able to ditch, the streamer (Auralic Aries Mini. I can't believe, they don't make it anymore! Did too much, for the price??)...DAC...and fold all of that, into the price of an all-in-one IA. There's the Uniti Atom to consider.
Seems to check all the boxes; except...I'm not sure, 40 (even 40 NAIM watts, lol) is enough to live with inevitably (and yes, I know it can be upgraded...to an outbound power-amp; but then a) that "wastes" the the IA, you get with the unit b) adds considerably to the cost, and c) before you even say it; the Nova is too expensive).
Thanks for indulging me. Thoughts?