Short of space, but not willing to compromise with a midi system? You might want to take a look at the Denon CX3, which the company claims can compete with anything on the high street – but with less of a footprint.
This is a class act – hand-built in Japan from the finest audiophile components, it features cast-alloy multi-layer anti-vibration construction, an aluminium top panel with optimised heat discharge cutouts to minimise the effects of vibration on sound quality and a brand new CD/SACD transport developed just for this product with die-cast tray and die-cast zinc base.
There’s also a newly-developed amplifier (2 x 150W), high quality AM/FM RDS tuner, audiophile-grade MM/MC phono input plus 4 high-level stereo inputs, a dock control connection for iPod integration and an aluminium-bodied remote handset.
Obviously, quality costs – in this case £2,700 for the complete system.