What speakers do you have in mind? A list of potentials would help folks help you,maybe.
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I did think of that Unsound, and have auditioned speakers, However in the audition process the speakers are powered by equipment well above my budget. At this point I am thinking of purchasing a well rounded int. amp and purchasing used speakers I liked or wanted to try. Most of the speakers I prefer require some decent power and current. Thanks for your input.
I'm with the buy speakers first, group. I've had plenty of speakers over the years that needed more power than I had on hand. I was still happy with their sound, and a lot more so, when I got them a bigger amp. Dealers will use larger amps than needed at times, to cover all the speakers they carry (in store) needs.
I haven't heard Monitor Audio speakers, but I am familiar with the other brands. None of them are necessarily difficult to drive. For instance, the Totem Arros sound amazing with a Jolida 302b (a 45-ish watt tube integrated in your price range). PSB Stratus Mini's or Silvers or a Von Schweikert VR-2 can be appropriately driven by a similar amp, as well.
Depending on which speaker you choose, you could be well-served by a modest powered integrated, the Jolida 302b being just one example.