I know I need lots of power, lots of current, and lots of control. I know I don't need grain, hash, noise, or "pro-quality sound-reinforcement gear." I also have a total budget limited to about $1,000 for the time being.
Options - Used preamp/power amp combo? Tube preamp with solid-state power? Discount new integrated? How low can I go on the audio food chain and still have sweet sound?
I'm less interested in playing loudly than in having a synergistic match. I don't have a huge room. My source (for better or worse) will be streaming CD-quality audio over an Apple Airport Express.
What say youse gurus? Thanks - Boomzilla