The Marantz 22XX series is a great one. Yes I would say go for the ammp. The Nad bee are good. Then when you want a preamp, that Marantz will be good for someone else to buy for a few hundred.
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Vintage Marantz receivers make great preamps. IMO. I have used my Marantz 2252B with Marantz MA-500/MA-700 monoblocks, B&K EX4420, NAD 925THX, and an Acurus A150, all with great results. All these setups have powered Klipsch Heresy's, Quartet's, and RB-5's. Even though the amps used are different, with the Marantz,B&K,NAD being neutral/warm and the Acurus on the bright side of neutral, that Marantz warmth from the receiver still makes it's way through to the end line in some form or another.
I'm running the 20's through a little Carver amp controled by my PC. Good sound but I would consider a small tube amp with the Marantz as a pre.
I am thinking about a Dynaco rebuild myself ... the Paradigms love tubes and seem to shine. I had a little ARC amp for a while and I was amazed at what I got out of the Paradigm Studio 20.