I was quite pleased with my Ayre AX-7e on my B&W 804S speakers (don't let the numbers dissuade you, it has plenty of power). It is right around that price range I believe with standard dealer discount.
10 responses Add your response
Ayre is good.Sold Krell and B&W a number of years ago including 805S.Most Krell could have metallic or "etched" mid but B&W is pretty forgiving and the 300i,S300 etc have that Krell grip on the bass that's great.150 watts is perfect power as well.Buy a used Krell.In any case 100 watts SS or near it or 60 wpc tube is needed (my friend uses a Cary Sli80 with great results with 805's and can switch from triode to pentode "on fly".If you don't need a sub out the Pathos Classic II or II hybrid at 70 wpc is enough power with tubes and SS if you like acoustic music and you volume roon needs aren't too great.
Let me throw in McIntosh, which many like paired with B&W. I drive my 804S with a McIntosh MC275 tubed amp. There is an integrated McIntosh amp called 2275 which is essentially the same amplification section. While not solid state, try and give it a listen. My amp replaced a 200 Wpc SS amp. Tubes and B&W aluminum tweeters work well together. There are also SS McIntosh integrated amps too, who some prefer to tubes.
I hope it helps.
The Naim integrateds are simply fantastic with the 805s.
The best is obviously the Supernait which has the advantage of built in Dac which is quite good but the NaitXS is also great with those at a much lower price and
the ability to be upgrade with one of their power supplies.
Down the road it could alos be used as a preamp if you wanted to get into the 200 amplifier.
but B&W is pretty forgiving
Chazz I'm not saying "I'm right & you're wrong", however when I had my 805'S' I found this not to be the case. I tried a couple of amps and thought the best match was a Classe integrated (but that was 5K). At first I was pleased with it but found any long term listening was still too bright for me.
I didn't have room treatments which might have helped. I really wanted to like the 805s but ended up moving on. If I had it to do over I'd have tried tubes as I never listen real loud.
I'd like to hear the new 805D to see if it is more 'forgiving'.