What about the emotiva mini amp? since you are very familiar with the brand.
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Well I have made a change to my desktop system and I thought I would follow up.
I decided to go with the KEF LS50 for my desktop to replace my AudioEngine A2's. I was worried that the speakers were too big from my space. A friend of mine was nice enough to come over with his LS50's and demo them for me on my desktop, 57" x 29" (situated in an alcove). They sounded so good that I ended buy going online and buying a pair from A'Gon.
I also bought a Parasound Halo A23 amp from eBay for $540. I already have a Emotiva XDR-1 DAC with digital volume control, $150 on closeout.
The reviews I read online indicated that KEF demos these speakers with the Parasound Halo A23.
So this system is not too expensive for the office where I spend most of my life. In the future when I move to another home I may take these speakers off the desk and put them on stands on front of the desk and a little further apart of the desk. Currently, I am using the KEF recommended foam plugs in the back of the speakers since I am in a tight space.
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Whoah, no offence, but I heard uber-expensive Parasound amps driving KEF flagships in Newport last year and thought it was absolutely unlistenable! Shrieky, bright, fatiguing, horrible! Like a match made in Hell.
If I was doing a desktop system (and putting the speakers on the desk!), I'd just get some active studio monitors like from Focal or Adam.