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Today is Sunday, so you may not get too many answers to your queries. I expect Unleash_Me, SuhasG, Dinyaar would be amongst a lot of others who will give you excellent recommendations. Just be a little patient.
BTW, I shall post my views on Audire equipment by middle of next month. I am not sure you will have the patience to wait till then. The other point is why don't you consider tube based systems? They are supposed to be very warm and the closest to pure analog sound.
Any how I will wait for the experts in this area to chip in.