The integrated amp is a beautiful thing. Your signal path is naturally shorter than when using a stereo amp or mono blocks, you save on a pair of interconnects, and in some cases you even add another element of functionality to the system. The Crayon CFA 1.2 has a superb phono stage. The Bakoon Amp-12R has a fantastic headphone circuit, The Wyred4Sound Mint has a dandy dac and a headphone jack, the Trafomatic Dream also is supreme on headphones, and we won't tell you all that the new Coffman Labs integrated is capable of. : ) All to say, there is some gorgeous kit for anyone with a need.