It could be integrated or separates. For myself... As a young boy, my mom gave me one of those all-in-one turntable/amp combo units that was a half-sphere. No idea of the brand or model. Got a Sanyo boombox as a 10-year old. When my aunt moved when I was about 17, she gave me a wonderful Sansui receiver, along with a couple of Sansui speakers. No idea of the exact model but it sounded infinitely better than the ol' boombox and I was thrilled! When I moved into an apartment, I ended up using Klipsch ProMedia speakers through my PC. Roughly at 35, I got an Arcam AVR350. For my 40th birthday, I upgraded to a Line Magnetic 508IA. The last 2 upgrades were as seismic as a 9.0 earthquake in significance and impact on SQ! What's your amp history?