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supernaut76 posted a topic in General ForumI had my first foray into hi-fi territory when I recently bought a Denon M39 with Dali Zensor 1 speakers. It sounds great - relative to what I was used to. But I know that before too long I'm going to outgrow it (its happening already …. ) and I'll want to swap the micro-system for some separates. Now I mostly play music out of my laptop. This is being piped via an airport express into the Denon with iTunes/Audirvana being the player and using mostly ALAC, FLAC, MP3 and AAC files. I don't really need a CD player and I can't see myself really wanting to use that format again on a regular basis. I'm looking to swap my Micro for a good integrated amplifier - either with an inbuilt DAC or a separate amplifier and DAC. 1)The amp should be integrated and should be decent enough that I don't feel like an upgrade for a few years. 2) Its should pair well with the speakers. 3) Also since the primary source is computer audio, I think the DAC is important. The idea of an internal DAC appeals to me, but I'll be happy to sacrifice it if I can get a decent DAC with amp with same or better value and options as I can see a completely integrated package reduces my options. Second hand is fine. 4) I'm looking at a budget of £400 - 500 max 5) Must accept ALAC and FLAC source I was looking at the …. Cambridge Audio 651A - apparently has a decent onboard DAC but some bad reviews ?? Rega Brio - R - Great Reviews on What Hifi but worried about cruddy cosmetics ( although chrome finish looks quite decent) and lack on inputs esp. optical in NAD 356BEE - but I guess optional dac would push the price up a bit? Rotel RA11 - sounds great! but specifications don't mention support for FLAC or ALAC?? I'm also open to separate DAC and amp solutions as I understand that approach has its advantages