Fargel, With all due respect to all of the above and you as well, for my tastes none of the amps mentioned would be on my short list. With the Thiel 2.4's less than 3 Ohms minimum impedance and somewhat demanding phase angle, more than just Watts are needed, these speakers need real current grunt, and complementary sonics. I'd suggest going with separates. I'd suggest something like a Pass 250 or Krell KSA 250. This might make finding a pre within your budget a little challenging, but it can be done very close to your limit. I wouldn't worry too much about the 1 extra pair of interconnects now, there are plenty of inexpensive bargains to be found.