Musical Fidelity, Creek, YBA
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Audio Refeinement complete would be my choice. I have used this integrated with the B&W CDM 1NT's with great success. Granted, that is not the speaker you are using, but it is the same brand.
I think your rotel receiver selection is a good one. I have been looking quite hard at this unit lately. I've owned the audio refinement 6 other times, so I don't really want to go back to it. I like the fact that the rotel is two channel only, and offers a tuner. I still listen to a ton of radio. Plus the fact that it is 100 wpc leads me to believe it would not have much trouble driving most stand mount speakers. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but I do not believe your speakers fall under them.
The Rotel is a good choice, I owned the RX-1050 and thought it was very good at it's price. The Audio Refinement Complete is a great choice, if you could find one.
The other amp I've owned that I think is a real bargain in that price range is the Onkyo A9555. It's powerful, very well built and sounds quite remarkable at its price. If FM isn't pretty important to you I would buy the Onkyo over the Rotel. It's available for $480 from amazon with free shipping or refurbished for $400 from accessories4less.
I agree with you about the NAD gear. I've bought both the L-70 and L-53 for my daughters and had reliability problems with both. The ergonomics are pretty bad, as well.
I've owned the Jungson JA 88C for about 3 years now. Incredible build quality for the money along with great sound. Mine was a serious upgrade from the Audiolab 8000A I was using. Very minimalist, though, but does come with a remote. These amplifiers have generally been compared quite favorably to those up to the $2,000 mark.
I have no affiliation with the seller above. Just a happy Jungson owner.
I am debating between the YBA and a rotel 1052 Receiver .
The YBA sounds like it offers up a very nice listen - while what I have read makes the rotel sound a bit brash?
I do like that the Rotel is a bit less $, has a phono stage & tuner as I listen to records and the radio (though I do mostly internet radio nowadays).
Can I pick your brain as to thoughts?
Thank you very much for your time.
I like the Onkyo A-9555. You can get it new w/warranty from Amazon for around $474, or B-stock from http://www.accessories4less.com for $400.
I like it better than the Rega Brio, the Cambridge 540 and 640, I like it at least as well as a 3x as expensive Musical Fidelity or Creek. The Outlaw RR2150 doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence. It puts out a healthy 85/170 wpc into 8/4 ohms. It is shockingly quiet, especially at its price, and can output instantaneous peaks up to 80 amps, making it sound like a bigger amp than it is. Its way with low level details has been described as tubelike by the big audio mags, and it has a smooth treble and transparent midrange. It has far more balls, clarity, and extension than you'll get in this price range from the sub-$1K Brit integrateds and it will definitely show your B&Ws who's boss.
I have been living with mine for 3 months and like it better than ever. Put a good power cord with it and give it 100 hrs to break in. With Amazon's 30-day home trial period you absolutely can't lose.
There is a great little integrated on agon. Uses EL-34's. This little amp can really make magic and is much more powerful than it has any right to be. I used to sell a lot of them until they were discontinued.
Here is the one on agon.
Jump on it.