I hope that this holiday season finds you well. I have had an Acurus DIA 100 for approximately 20 years. It was a great $1,000 integrated in its day, but I'm starting to get the upgrade bug. I'm sure that the technology has improved significantly over the last two decades. I will slowly be upgrading the other parts of my system, but I want to start with an integrated (or power/pre combo if there's one in my price range). I'm setting $2,000 as my budget, but I could perhaps go a bit higher if something really stands out from the crowd. I listen primarily to CDs. I don't have a good stereo store near me, but through much reading of reviews from many sources, I'm considering the following and would love your thoughts on any/all of them.
a. Anthem 225
b. Roksan Kandy K2
c. Exposure 2010 S
d. Creek 5350
If you feel one of these really stands out or that there's something I'm omitting, I'd appreciate your input.
Thanks so much and happy holidays!