How about the Marantz mono amps, MA 500 and 700 I think they are called. 125 and 200 watts, compact size, and very good sound.
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I have been looking at the MA700 as one possibility. I hear the MA700 is very punchy in the bass region, but a little shrill on the highs. I don't think I need an amp that is exceptional on bass since the 300L's are monitors. Although at this point there are so many different brands of amplifiers I'm open to all suggestions.
I currently own the Aragon 8008BB a few models ahead of the 2004MKII. I am quite happy with the amp. It is detailed and provides excellent power and bass slam. However, it is on the aggressive side and can be a tad dry. Therefore, I would not recommend them if you are looking for something "warm". Some potential "inexpesive" amps that you may consider are Adcom, NAD, Rotel, Parasound, and Sunfire. I have not heard all of them, but I believe these are known for being "warmer" sounding amps.
To follow up wtih P_mmk, I've had some experience with older NAD and Rotel equipment. The Rotels I've had (two or three generations earlier than the RB-991) had weighty bass, but were a bit aggressive on top. The old NAD gear (pre Monitor series) is also transistor-y sounding compared to higher priced gear. My 3155 still blows the doors off a cheap AV receiver I tried and sold, though. I've heard that Adcom is a little warmer and softer than Rotel and NAD. Vintage Carver might be something to listen to also...
I just ordered the Stratos, it is supposed to be delivered on thursday. From what I've read, it is the way to go. Check out www.audioreview.com. How much do you want to spend? Are you comitted to a 2 ch. system? or will a 3 or 5 ch. be usable? I have a 5 ch. Carver AV-505 and I really like the sound. The reason for the Odyssey is to prepare for 7.1 and to have a really good Stereo AMP.