Only because you did not get any replies yet, I will throw in my $0.02. I recently heard the 805D, a more expensive B&W, with a Classe pre and power amp (current models, not sure exactly which). The amp is rated at 300 watts per channel. I thought the sound was excellent, smooth, balanced, detailed and dynamic, with excellent transients and vocal reproduction. Deep, powerful bass is not to be expected with a small stand mount speaker, but otherwise, it was great. B&W owns Classe, and share distribution channels, so I would expect the pairing to be a good one.
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