I can't comment on the HPA3, but I'd give the thumbs up on the KAV-250a/3 - it's an excellent amp, IMO, would drive the B&W's nicely and at the used price is a great bargain. -Kirk
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Honestly, I was set on getting the Proceed until I saw the deal for the Krell. I demo-ed an AMP 5, and it did for my speakers beyond even what my Bryston 4B-ST could do. It was amazing to me to hear more detail and bass control from an amp with half the power. The only thing stopping me now is the price for the Proceed HPA. Any comments on the Proceed BPAs? Didn't they win editor's choice award from Stereophile Guide to Home Theater? I could go with the AMP5, but perhaps the BPAs would provide even more channel separation--and an even cleaner sound when listening to 2ch music? The Krell is a good deal, but I agree with Rmonceaux's assertion about not buying before listening. Perhaps this is one that I should let pass.