Basically a tube receiver is what I am looking for...
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Look vintage. Tandberg,luxman,Fischer,Scott,Kenwood, and yes Macintosh and much more. I have seen some that just in the looks dept are just beautiful and I am sure can sound even more lovely. A friend of mine from many years sold a complete tube Fischer setup in place of ss was he later on very disapointed in ss sound, and this is from a guy that never cared about audio.
The 1500 has a tube amp and tuner and an ss pre. An excellent combo actually, but it only has 30W/ch. The 1700 has 40W/ch and although the amp is ss, it has the famous Mac autoformer output transformers, which makes it a very listenable ss amp with a damping factor of 100 (vs. 10 for the 1500) better to control those woofers ;-)
The Cornwalls are so efficient (something like 98dB @ 1watt) so I think 30W are actually plenty of power especially in the small room I have them in.It's not about how loud, it's about how clean (control overcoming the inertia of a big heavy cone.) If you keep the speaker cables under 8ft and a minimum of 14AWG, that should be OK.
If you haven't picked up a tube receiver yet, I would check out a Fisher 500B or 500C; I have a 500B paired with my K-Horns and it sounds excellent from top to bottom. Suprisingly it is also a very quiet receiver which is important on high efficiency speakers. I actually had more tube noise out of my 6 month old tube integrated than I did with this 44 year old receiver.