With regards to streaming, avoiding built-in digital modules in mainstream amps is surely the way to go. The operation of the digital circuits inside an amplifier is destructive for both the digital and the analogue side. Unfortunately, no review will openly say that operating an amp from its digital inputs brings a noticeable step down-in quality, especially when you try to play loudly. However, placing the DAC in a metallic cage makes a big difference, such as in the Marantz PM6007. My current amp is a Cambridge Audio CXA80 and it cannot reach the sense of clarity and purity of the Marantz PM6006 I used to own (also uses a metallic cage) when comparing digital inputs.Duh! Yes! Yamaha! Sorry hahaha mistake due to having a Sony STR-DN1050 upstairs, which I don't use as there is a hum with the turntable on that amp, and it does not sound as good for music... Sorry, drifting here.
I fixed the error in question.
I have my eyes on Marantz PM6007, PM8006 (this one would be stretching the budget), or Cambridge Audio AXR85 or AXR100, which would be closer to my budget. Since I already have all required devices for streaming, I don't think I would need CXA?
Or any other suggestions in that range?
Concerning point 2, you have a point. I but still, I would think some comparative and ranking (price vs feeling maybe?) Anyway, just a thought.