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A very good friend of mine has owned many different systems,one of wich was Arieus driven by McCormak DNA 0.5.
Belive me when i tell you very nice combination.In Canada
the amp was about $2000 canadian give or take.Plenty of power,wich resoulted in big soundstage,great imaging and controlled mids and highs and very tight bottom.
Whit so many amps out there it is hard to choose,trust your instinct,and the rest will fallow.
What about a Blue Circle?
You could go for a CS integrated. I have one and enjoy it every much.
Gilbert at Blue Circle (the designer and founder) also uses CLS IIz and his reference speakers (along with some ML Statement E2's)
If your interested talk to kevin at harmonia-audio.com He is great to deal with.
I've used Aerius and Aerius i's with both a B&K AVR202 receiver (105 w/ch, home theater) and a Bryston 4BST amp (300 w/ch, stereo setup) and have been pleased with both. Whatever you do, I suggest going with at least 100 w/ch; 200+ is ideal. The ML electrostats like current; so blend well with amps that can handle low impedences.
You should be able to find units with 200+ w/ch from Bryston, Aragon, and McCormack for around $1200.
As much as I agree about good current for the Aerius i's, I used a Pass Aleph 3 with mine and (in a smallish room) they were an excellent match. Try a CJ PV 12, or even a PV 10 and you might get a good combo as all might be had near your price point. Beware the rather low input impedance on the Pass if I recall correctly, matched with the tube pre...
I also own a pair of ML Aerius i's. They recommend 80-200 w/ch according to the manual. In my opinion a Conrad Johnson MF-2250 power amp with 120w/ch, would be an excellent match and then look for a CJ PV10B tube pre amp with phono sec. Thay are both affordable used. The PV10 is no longer available new, but the 2250 still is.