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First Turntable Setup. Need new integrated amp / pre

So I just got my first turntable, a Rega RP-3.  With it, I have a Rega phono preamp.

The speakers are ATC SCM-7s, and the reciever is an old Carver from the 80s (i think)

The Carver is on its way out...is cuts in and out ocassionaly, and I figure now that I have the new turntable, its time for an upgrade.

so here's the thing:  In this setup, I also have my apple TV (wich has a digital to analog converter) and my CD player.  I also have this Goldpoint SW4, which is a 4-input, passive selector.

So I was wondering, is there some sort of integrated preamp / amp that has just one set of inputs, and then I can use the SW4 to do all the switching, and this new item exclusively for amplification / pre-amplification?

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i should also add that im

i should also add that im looking to spend less than $500 in the new or used market

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Every

Well, since every integrated amp has one or more inputs, and most have a handful, then every integrated can be on your shopping list.  If you want to use your external switcher, you can do that if you want, on any amp.

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I suppose what i meant is,

I suppose what i meant is, rather than buy i piece of equipment that deals with switching and amplification, is there anything that deals with amplification on one stereo channel, since I already have the switching covered..

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Receiver; Amplifier

I suggest that you look hard at the Harman-Kardon 3490 stereo receiver.

It has a very good stereo amplifier and a lot of nice features, and can be had for around $350 or less from Amazon and other sources.

All integrated amps have several input channels, so the external switcher is really not needed.

The Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 is an integrated amp that sells for $350, but the H-K has more power and features and sounds very good, so it is probably a better choice for a similar price.

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Understood

Understood. But since every receiver and integrated amp and preamp does switching anyway, in addition to amplification and volume control, your switch box would be superfluous. U can still use it if u want, but you would be unnecessarily adding another set of connections, and making things slightly more clumsy by doing source selection and volume control on separate boxes. 

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Look at NAD integrated amps

The NAD 326BEE would be a fabulous choice.  It retails for around $550.  NAD has been the king of budget integrated amps all of the way back into the 70's.  They are remarkable at handling difficult loads and are beautiful sounding amps.

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