Price: $4499

Website: www.cyrusaudio.com

Roger said: Cyrus’s premium integrated amplifier-DAC, the i9-XR, features a very capable and flexible DAC section, Roon certification, and a great-sounding MM phono stage and headphone output.

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The gist: Really only lacks network streaming and room correction.

Price: $2099

Website: www.denon.com

Dennis said: The simple fact of the matter is that, on its own terms, the Denon PMA-1700NE is a smashingly good integrated amplifier with excellent performance and stunning design.

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The gist: Not fancy, just solidly performing.

Price: AU$29,995

Website: www.mcintoshlabs.com

Edgar said: McIntosh Laboratory’s extraordinary MA12000 is a music-making authority with powerful incentives to reach into your pocket and get credit-card-a-tappin’… own it and you’ll be blissfully, Gratefully Living.

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The gist: Just all the right ingredients in a super integrated.

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