looking to upgrade amp. Best choice of Belles Aria vs Rogue CM v Parasound HINT?

Moved a modern amo w remote 5 years ago..Marantz PM8005. Been happy with it but upgradeitis has set in. Also curious about tubes. Rest of system is SONY SACD5400ES, Marantz ND8006, Kef R300, Ohm Walsh 2s. Listen to all kinds of music especially blues, jazz, female vocals, fingerstyle acoustic guitar (Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Rice, Laurence Juber, Ed Gerhard), singer songwriter, classical and classic rock, Hawaiian slack key. At 60+ need remote as bad back has me in a recliner alot. Options after lots of reading down to Belles Aria, Cronus Magnum, Psound HINT, possible a Raven or Line Magnetic tube amp  $3K or so budget. Live in Hawaii so no options to hear here. I am assuming all of these are real upgrades. Love midrange, clarity, some warmth  (other system is old Mac MC250 at core). Best thing about the Marantz is warmth, clarity, detail, not fatiguing and remote. Appreciate all input.

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I bet the Aria is a nice little integrated.  I do see a number of them for sale, sometimes after short ownership.  Not sure why.  In any event, wonder if this will be a move up from your Marantz or more of a lateral move.  (They may be voiced in a similar direction)  If you had the money, I would think a Raven integrated might make for a startling contrast to your Marantz.  They have an in home trial period so it would be hard to go wrong on this one.  If you did go this way, would love to hear your thoughts.