The Plinius 8150 would also be an excellent choice. I have heard B&W with Krell, Mark Levinson, Rotel, McIntosh, and Plinius integrateds, and the Plinius was decidedly the winner on all counts. Hope this helps!
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I have heard that the Plinius is a good match with B&W speakers; would recommend that you also audition the Jeff Rowland Concentra II. I am currently using this combination for precisely the same reason you give; no longer trying the Home Theater since I seldom watch movies. The Concentra really opened up my 804N's. Just a thought, Charlie
I had a Krell KSA100 with my B&W N804s but found that McIntosh amplification complimented them much better - tamed the highs and opened the soundstage. Therefore, I would recommend McIntosh hands down. Look at the MA6500. There are many posts in the archives about how wonderful this integrated is and I think a few people even have B&W speakers with it. Plinius is a similar sound so I can see how it would work well too. You should also consider Classe CAP151. It too has a rich sound with excellent emotion for opera. Good luck!
I use a Musical Fidelity A-300 with my N 804's and am perfectly happy with what I hear. You may want to give that or, perhaps, the new MF model a listen.
One caveat - aside from listening to them at the dealer with more expensive Krell/McIntosh equipment (both which sounded fine), I've not listened to them at home with anything else so can't compare to any of the other suggestions.