I have 2 homes and have a big all-out system at one house with an Audio Research LS-26 preamp and Bryston 3B-SST2 amp driving Vandersteen 3A speakers and 2W subs; the sound is really excellent there (to die for...lol).
The other house is smaller and I started out with a NAD C356BEE driving PSB Image T6 speakers. On some music the sound is really excellent; just about as good as my other system, but on some music that I know sounds great on my big system, there is just not quite the resolution and detail that I know is there from previous listening. The CD players and turntable etc. are excellent at both places.
I am considering upgrading to the Musical Fidelity M3i, and I am interested in hearing from anyone who has experience with it. I wonder if it will sound significantly better than the NAD I have now, or will I have to spend a lot more money to really get what I want in an integrated amp for this system. This is the best-sounding NAD amp I have ever heard, but I have never had much chance to compare it directly with others.
Power is not a big issue, because the T6 speakers seem quite efficient; I think almost anything from 60W up is plenty, and plus I have a much smaller room here than at the big house (which has a HUGE listening room). The MF M3i is supposed to put out 137W at 4 ohms, which is what the T6s really are, and the NAD rating is sketchy about that (they say 80W+ at 8 or 4 ohms..??)...but anyway the NAD has al the power I need, so certainly the MF has plenty.
I really want to stick with an integrated no more than 5 inches high for this location, because it needs to fit in the rack below my TV here, and a steel brace runs across above and gives me only about 5 1/8 inches for the body of the unit; the front panel can be a bit taller.
If anyone has experience with the current Creek amps or or others in the under- $2000 range that are great performers, I would be interested in an opinion there also.