Yes, usually, within the same brand.
Lavardin, however, takes pride in their integrated amplifiers. These
were their first products, and were designed for utmost sound quality,
unlike many other brands who build integrated amplifiers as a filler only to
complete their product line. If their pre-power models were already
mediocre, then one can imagine how sonically poor their integrated
Lavardin pre-power models, on the other hand, were
built the other way around, with the excellent performance of their
integrated as a reference, with the pre-power models built to further
optimize performance. No fillers, all substance.
The Lavardin Model IT integrated amplifier is considered as the flagship, in
a different sense.
companies refer to their flagship as the most expensive in their product
line, Lavardin's Model IT is not the most expensive Lavardin model, but it
serves as a statement for Lavardin's technology.
We hope this clears some misconceptions on
integrated amplifiers. Another example would be the integrated Audio
Note Ongaku (Kondo version), definitely so much better than their own
pre-power models below (but the Ongaku is much more expensive at around USD
89200). Or a Naim Audio integrated surpassing other pre-power
combinations from other brands. Worthy contenders all, and the
Lavardin integrateds join their sparse ranks. So we can't blame those
who have a hard time finding a great integrated, there are unfortunately
only a few.