The short story:
I'm looking for an integrated in the upper entry level ($1000-2000 ...$2700 if it includes phono stage) range that will for the time being be used with NHT Classic 3s. I am currently using a Pioneer AVR, which is fine for HT, but isn't cutting it for music.
The long story:
I plan to upgrade loudspeakers when I move into a bigger living space next September (after I graduate from law school, take the bar, and finally have some money), but I am currently undecided as to whether I will just get new amplification at the time and use the NHTs plus whatever I get now in a different room or get rid of the NHTs.
Anyway, I listen to about 70% LP and 30% iphone/Wadia transport/ Cambridge DAC magic combo (I had all of my CDs stolen last year out of my car while I was moving!) I listen to a wide variety of music, from Animal Collective to Chopin, from Sleater Kinney to Bill Monroe. I am upgrading my TT this week either to a VPI Aeries Scout, Pro-Ject RM9.1, or or Rega P5 (depending on the outcome of some listening).
I've been looking at several of the TAS recommended units, such as the Goldnote S-1 Sig, Moon i-1, Naim Nait 5i, Vincent -236 MKii, and Cambridge 840 AV2. I've also considered the Rega Mira 3, Creek Evolution 5350, and Creek Destiny. I live in Minneapolis, MN so I have access to the Needle Doctor and another store, HiFi Sound, but because the former is mostly mailorder and the latter has limited stock, it is difficult for me to try anything out.
I use the NHTs for HT also, but I'm not too concerned about having an HT bypass because I will either switch out the speaker cables manually or get something like the Sonance AS2 switcher (unless this is bad?).
Finally, if you have any phono stage/ cartridge recommendations to go with the amp/speakers, I welcome those as well.
Anyway, this is my first post. Hopefully soon I will begin to have the equipment and experience to start contributing, but for now, thanks for your help.