The problem is finding similar performance as Schiit for a similar price. Magic 8-ball (rarely wrong) says disregard Monoprice. Emotiva may be interesting despite the switcher. Parasound stuff today is so badly gimped at the bottom range (starting at $1500) that even one of their designers disavowed a product. It's easy to tell entry-level folks that there is other than Schiit, but I'm often flabbergasted when asked specifically what. "Name a recommended alternative you fucker." (I am going to start challenging people like this). My search for solid-state amps hasn't been easy: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/solid-state-power-amp-adventures.3789/ The good stuff is either extraordinarily expensive, OOP, DIY, used, highly specialized, or a combination thereof. Accuphase or Luxman. Rob a bank first.