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Price: $3000

Website: www.hegel.com

Roger said: At $3000, Hegel Music Systems’ H120 provides high qualities of amplification and digital-to-analog conversion, in addition to basic streaming capabilities, in a solidly built and well-executed design.

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The gist: When every feature is well thought out and combined with excellent sound design.

Price: $4900

Website: www.lab12.gr

Oliver said: Its powerful, punchy, dynamic sound was a treat for the ears, and its fine timing did justice to all genres of music.

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The gist: Greek-made tube integrated offers solid value for money.

Price: $4900

Website: www.lineartubeaudio.com

Oliver said: . . . if your musical diet consists mainly of small-scale music -- a girl or guy with a guitar, acoustic world music, or chamber music -- I’m betting you’ll love how the Z10 reproduces it.

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The gist: Very good integrated amplifier in some limited applications.

Price: $7995

Website: www.luxman.com

Oliver said: It is an extraordinary integrated amplifier that more than continues the legacy of its predecessors, and resoundingly reinforces Luxman’s ethos of providing “Ultimate Fidelity.”

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The gist: The best integrated amplifier that Oliver has heard -- and he reviews a lot of them.

Price: $6499

Website: www.lyngdorf.com

Roger said: I think I enjoyed Lyngdorf Audio’s TDAI-3400 more than I have any other component I’ve reviewed.

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The gist: Outstanding combination of features and sound quality in this integrated amplifier-DAC.

Price: $6000

Website: www.pmc-speakers.com

Diego said: It essentially matched the sound quality of my McIntosh Laboratory separates, which together cost almost 50% more: $11,500.

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The gist: Old-school integrated amplifier sounds as good as separates.

Price: $14,000

Website: www.simaudio.com

Hans said: If you want an integrated amp that comes admirably close to the ideal of a straight wire with gain, this model should be at the top of your shortlist.

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The gist: No editorializing on the music with this one.

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