Thanks, some great suggestions here. Naim was on my list until someone said if I like the laid-back sound of the Arcam I may find the Naim too forward. I can't comment as I haven't yet listened to Naim. And Sugden, lovely name from the past, when I was putting my first hi fi system together - had a Rogers amp back then. The Croft sounds great but I'm looking to keep it to one box for space reasons. As for the speakers, I'm undecided but as I've mentioned before they must be able to work close to the wall in a small room - so am considering Larsen, PMC, ATC and Neat. And I'll stick with the Graham Slee phono stage for now. But I may be on the lookout for a headphone amp if the integrated amp doesn't have one.
See this is where misconceptions come in as I mentioned above with rainsooth, the only speaker brand there designed to work close to the wall is Neat
ATC even though sealed needs a tone of room 50cm plus, the ATCs scm19 i had on loan, to sound there best needed a good 70 cm from the wall or what your paying for, the speed and attack, is just wasted. Not to mention you need a tone of power to drive them Naim in my experience don't have what it takes that's for sure I don't care what the naim forum says and that's why they wouldn't be a good match for naim. At least the more "budget" oriented options.
PMC Are so so in my experience, didn't excite me at all and again need a tone of power to get them going no matter what the specs say and they need a good amount of space as well. And the room I found had to be just so for the transmission line to work well.
They're very few brands designed to go against the wall, you can probably count them on one hand
Klipsch eg Cornwall (corner wall) but the whole heritage line are designed to work against the wall, neat, smaller tannoys you might get away with and Pro arc tabllet 10s
If i had that restriction (as i do) those would be the brand's id start with. In fact, id argue get the speakers sorted before you mess with your amp if you have plans to upgrade them it's going to be speakers that make the biggest difference anyhow. But that's just me